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Accident: 689059 - Employee Killed When Welding Torch Ignites Fumes In Drum

Accident: 689059 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 04/02/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
287123404/04/19852431Ferche Millwork Inc
Employee #1 was using an oxyacetylene torch to cut the top of a 55 gallon drum that had contained lacquer. The fumes exploded and the drum hit the employee in the head, fracturing his skull and causing brain damage, of which the employee died immediately. The employer stated that Employee #1 had been told to use a hammer and chisel. He had already used the torch to cut the tops off four other drums.
Keywords: fracture, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, explosion, skull, struck by, brain, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2871234 Fatality Fracture Laborers, except construction

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