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Accident: 655035 - Employee Dies After Flash Fire

Accident: 655035 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 02/21/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10742063002/22/19912679Avery Dennison
Employees were required to burn flammable waste rags in the powerhouse ovens. The rags, which were generated in the production area, contained a solvent blend of toluene, isopropyl alcohol, and ethyl acetate. Employees removed the drum lid, opened an oven door (21 in. by 16 in.) and threw the rags into the oven. A flash fire occurred. Employee #1 was found dead around the corner from the oven door; he had rung the fire alarm before he collapsed. Emergency personnel found the drum on its side next to the oven door and two spent fire extinguishers in the area. Employee #1's autopsy has not been completed.
Keywords: isopropyl alcohol, oven, fire, toluene, flashback
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107420630 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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