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Accident: 570747 - Burned By Spreading Flames From Exploding Drum

Accident: 570747 -- Report ID: 0523420 -- Event Date: 05/20/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
221464105/22/19853661Coil Sales & Manufacturing Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A FLAME CUTTER TO OPEN THE TOP OF AN ENCLOSED 55 GALLON DRUM CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 15 GALLONS OF PETROLEUM NAPHTHA. THE BOTTOM OF THE DRUM BLEW OUT, SPREADING FLAMING NAPHTHA ONTO EMPLOYEE #1 AND THE FLAME CUTTER. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 AND THE OXYGEN-ACETYLENE CUTTING EQUIPMENT WERE ALSO COVERED BY FLAMES. THE FLAMES CAUSED THREE OF THE FOUR FUSABLE LINKS ON THE ACETYLENE CYLINDER TO MELT, ADDING ACETYLENE TO THE FIRE.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, flammable liquid, acetylene, drum, fire, petroleum naphtha, explosion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2214641 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 2214641 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 2214641 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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