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Accident: 202360285 - Worker Receives Burns While Torch Cutting 55-Gallon Drums

Accident: 202360285 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 10/31/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31051031810/31/20067538D.M. Bowman, Inc.
On October 30, 2006, an employee was cutting 55-gallon drums so they could be taken to a scarp yard. The drums had previously contained windshield-washer fluid concentrate. The employee used a plasma cutter, and had finished cutting three drums. When he removed the cap to a fourth drum, and began cutting, flames came out of the drum. He received flash burns and was treated for first- and second-degree burns to his ears, face, and forearm.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, forearm, ear, scrap metal, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310510318 Occupation not reported

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