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Accident: 68929.015 - Employee Is Killed When A Fuel Cell Explodes

Accident: 68929.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 11/04/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1006940.01511/05/2014Lapeer Industries Inc
At 1:45 p.m. on November 4, 2014, an employee was standing at the air intake val ve, operating the valve to fill the pressurized tank with compressed argon. The pressurized tank was removed from the testing container and filled with water us ed to identify leaks. The pressurized tank was in the process of being measured for deflection when it ruptured without warning. The employee suffered multiple injuries to his head and chest and was struck by fragments from a ruptured alumi num pressurized fuel vessel and was killed.
Keywords: air pressure, argon, compressed gas, pressure vessel, rupture, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1006940.015 34 M Fatality

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