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Accident: 201770187 - Employee Killed When Storage Drum Explodes And Burns

Accident: 201770187 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 04/04/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30131665904/04/19973531Crowfoot Asphalt
Employee #1 and a coworker were using an oxygen/acetylene torch to cut metal shapes from a 25 in. by 35 in. by 1/8 in. sheet of steel. The work was being done on an empty 55 gallon drum that had contained methyl alcohol. The drum exploded, resulting in a flash fire. Employee #1 was killed and his coworker sustained severe burns.
Keywords: methyl alcohol, vapor, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, fire, welding, explosion, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301316659 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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