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Accident: 202089660 - Employee Is Injured In Explosion

Accident: 202089660 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 02/10/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31378686502/11/20115211The Baker-Shindler Contracting Company
On February 10, 2011, an employee was using an oxygen-acetylene torch to cut the lid off of a 55 gallon steel drum. The drum previously contained used motor oil, hydraulic oil and gasoline that came from the servicing of their vehicles. When the cutting began, an explosion occurred and the employee was thrown back sustaining severe injuries to the back of his head and his face. The bungs were still on the drum at the time of the cutting which caused both ends of the drum to blow off. The employee was taken to the Defiance hospital and then air lifted to Toledo, Ohio, where he was hospitalized and treated for fractured head.
Keywords: oxygen, fracture, head, acetylene torch, drum, gas, explosion, toxic fumes, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313786865 Hospitalized injury Fracture Truck drivers, heavy

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