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Accident: 201763463 - Worker Operating Bobcat Is Engulfed In Flames And Dies

Accident: 201763463 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 06/30/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31342456607/06/20092621Meadwestvaco Corporation
On June 30, 2009, a handyman was employed at a paper mill plant. He was operating a Bobcat and drove to one side of the plant to assist in unloading a truck. As he returned, he drove over a concrete bump in the containment area where sodium chlorate was unloaded from rail cars. The bump was approximately 10-in.-high. It was believed that the bucket on the Bobcat made contact with the concrete bump creating a spark, which subsequently started a flash fire. The handyman was engulfed in the flames and needed assistance in putting the fire out. The worker was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he died three days later.
Keywords: burn, front end loader, uneven ground, equipment operator, fire, driver, torso, mech mat handling, spark, combustible dust
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313424566 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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