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Accident: 723601 - Three Employees Injured By Exploding Vapors

Accident: 723601 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 10/23/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10345126610/23/19923531Callaghan Asphalt Company
Employee #1 was in a workshop preparing to cut a nut off a piece of equipment with a torch. When he lit the torch, he ignited vapors that had escaped from two 5-gal cans of Tannergas, a flammable liquid, which had been stored under a workbench approximately 3 ft away. One of the cans had a hole poked through the top to ease pouring. The vapors had escaped through the hole. Employee #1 sustained third-degree burns over 60 percent of his lower body. Employees #2 and #3 were treated for smoke inhalation.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, fire, torch, explosion, smoke inhalation, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103451266 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 103451266 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 103451266 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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