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Accident: 710863 - Employee Burned As Oxygen Regulator Explodes

Accident: 710863 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 05/10/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12478696305/10/19947538Rusty Wimmers 4x4 Specialties Inc
Employee #1 was preparing to use an oxygen-acetylene cutting torch to cut apart a u-joint. Evidence indicates that he first opened the valve on the acetylene bottle and then opened the valve on the oxygen bottle. As soon as the valve on the oxygen bottle was opened, a detonation occurred in the oxygen regulator. Employee #1 was immediately engulfed in a fireball, causing 2nd- to 3rd-degree burns to 50 percent of his body. He was flown by Life Flight to Emanual Burn Center in Portland.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, regulator valve, acetylene, work rules, fire, torch, explosion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124786963 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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