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Accident: 20316.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Lid From Exploding Drum

Accident: 20316.015 -- Report ID: 0317700 -- Event Date: 06/25/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
490479.01506/28/2012Clark'S Garage
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on June 25, 2012, an employee was using an oxygen/propane cutting torch to remove the top lid from a 55-gallon steel drum. The drum previously contained methanol. The flammable vapors of methanol in the drum ignited causing the drum to explode. The employee was struck in the head by a part of the exploding drum lid. The employee was killed.
Keywords: propane torch, flying object, methyl alcohol, drum, struck by, steel, explosion, torch
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 490479.015 26 M Fatality Fracture Laborers, except construction

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