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Accident: 50126.015 - Employee Is Burned In Explosion And Fire, Later Dies

Accident: 50126.015 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 04/07/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
899900.01504/08/2013Ak Steel Corporation
At 9:26 a.m. on April 7, 2013, Employee #1, an assistant to the furnace operator , and a coworker, the furnace operator, were working on an oxygen furnace, in a restricted work zone. During the slagging off of the vessel, an eruption occurre d in the vessel, followed by an explosion. Employee #1, wearing only FR rated cl othing and regular PPE, was severely burned by the fire ball from the explosion. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and transported Employee #1 to a local hospital. Employee #1 died on April 17, 2013, as a result of severe bur ns to 79 percent of his body. The coworker was wearing the proper aluminized clo thing and specialized PPE while in the restricted work zone, and was not injured in the explosion.
Keywords: burn, explosion, fire, furnace, ppe, vessel--container
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 899900.015 48 M Fatality Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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