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Accident: 68157.015 - Two Workers Are Killed And One Hospitalized From Oxygen Syst

Accident: 68157.015 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 09/21/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
996555.01509/22/2014United States Steel Corporation
At 4:00 p.m. on September 21, 2014, three employees were using a chain fall to m anually assist the closing of a pneumatic Claudius Peters (CP) metering valve in the "X" furnace High-Calcium Lime Flux System while it was pressurized with abo ut 165 psig of gaseous oxygen. An oxygen fire resulted in an explosion at the CP valve, resulting in Employees #1 and #2 suffering third-degree burns to 98 perc ent of their bodies, and Employee #3 76 percent of his body. Both Employee #1 a nd #2 killed as a result of their injuries, and Employee #3 was hospitalized and treated.
Keywords: burn, compressed gas, explosion, fire, lockout/tagout, oxygen, pressure piping
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 996555.015 53 M Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations
2 996555.015 46 M Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations
3 996555.015 61 M Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations

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