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Accident: 201857570 - Seve Employees Killed And Nine Injured In Plant Explosion

Accident: 201857570 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 02/20/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30591044002/20/20033714Cta Acoustics Inc
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on February 20, 2003, Employees were beginning their shift and four production lines were prepared to run product. An explosion occurred in the area of the facility's production lines known as Lines 405, 403, 402 and 401, which produce a fiberglass-resin blend automotive insulation. The explosion damaged all lines with the most significant damage on Lines 405 and 403. Damage to the facility included blown out roof decking, and fire and blast damage to the dust collection system. The explosion and subsequent fires resulted in the injury of 45 Employees, 18 of which were hospitalized. Of the 18 Employees hospitalized, Employees # 1, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 18 died. Employees # 2 through 8, 12 through 14, and 17 received first-, second-, and third-degree burns, as well as lacerations, smoke inhalation, and one knee fracture.
Keywords: burn, knee, fracture, dust, explosive mixing, fire, dust collector, explosion, laceration, smoke
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.
3 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators
4 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Furnace, kiln and oven operators
6 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
7 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
8 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
9 305910440 Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.
10 305910440 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations
11 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
12 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
13 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators
14 305910440 Hospitalized injury Other Electrical and electronic technicians
15 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
16 305910440 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators
17 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
18 305910440 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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