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Accident: 201381191 - Employee Is Burned When Cutting Torch Explodes

Accident: 201381191 -- Report ID: 0214500 -- Event Date: 11/11/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31286225311/20/20095093Parkway Iron & Metal Co., Inc. Dba Park Stein
On November 11, 2009, Employee #1 was cutting 1.5-in.-thick scrap steel with a torch in a designated cutting area of a scrap yard. The weather conditions were: 54 degrees Fahrenheit, 45% humidity, clear sky with 10 mile visibility, and 12.7 mph north winds with gusts up to 16.1 mph. The torch was a 36-in.-long Harris-style 6200 oxygen-propylene cutting torch with a 70 degree head. Another cutting employee was working in the area. Employee #1 was wearing a hard hat, shaded goggles, gauntlet welding gloves, safety shoes, and cotton clothing, none of which was flame-resistant. An explosion occurred near the torch's gas inlet hoses. Employee #1 was hospitalized at Saint Barnabas Burn Center for burns (up to third-degree) to his torso, right arm, and face (approximately 15% of his body surface area).
Keywords: burn, clothing, oxygen, ppe, fire, torch, explosion, scrap metal, propylene, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312862253 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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