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Accident: 202075123 - Three Employees Burned In Flash Fire While Welding A Silo

Accident: 202075123 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 11/18/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30607305711/18/20021799Carolina Welding, Inc.
On November 18, 2002, Employee #1 had cut a hole in the bottom cone of Silo Number 341 with an oxygen and acetylene torch and MIG welded the bottom half of a side chute onto the opening. Employee #1 had stopped welding, in order to torch cut a notch out of the top of the newly attached side chute, when residual dust from inside the silo ignited, causing a flash fire. Employee #1 suffered first- and second-degree burns on his face, arms and abdomen and third-degree burns on his legs. Employee #2 was assisting Employee #1 when the flash fire occurred and he suffered first- and second-degree burns to multiple parts of his body and head. Employee #3 was standing outside the silo observing the operation when the flash fire occurred and he suffered first- and second-degree burns to the arms and hands. All three employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, abdomen, dust, fire, welder, welding, arm, face, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 75
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306073057 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 306073057 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 306073057 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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