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Accident: 201702743 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion

Accident: 201702743 -- Report ID: 1054195 -- Event Date: 02/16/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31226543202/17/20093441Nw Metal Fabricators Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31226542402/17/20095142Conagra Foods Lamb Weston Inc
On February 16, 2009, an employee, a welder, went inside a 27 foot tall tank, used to filter the potato wash water to fix a very small crack at the cone shaped bottom. Just at the time when he struck an arc to check the ground for the MIG welding, there was an explosion. A witness said there were no visible flames but it lifted the tank approximately 6 inches and moved it 3 inches. The employee was removed several hours later because debris from above had to be removed first. There were no burns on his body but he was impaled many times and buried in mud. The cause of death was traumatic accidental injury.
Keywords: impaled, welder, explosion, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312265432 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters
2 312265424 Occupation not reported

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