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Accident: 724211 - Employees Burned, Suffer Smoke Inhalation In Explosion

Accident: 724211 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 12/09/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10253104312/09/19932046Best Foods, Division Of Cpc International
Employees #1 and #4 were clearing a jam of corn oil bottles from an ARPAC Corporation shrink wrap oven, model 105-28TW. In removing the carton of bottles, oil was spilled onto the conveyor belt that moves through the oven. Employee #1 began washing the conveyor belt with a soap solution at the exit end of the oven. Employee #4 used ethyl alcohol to remove the oil residue from the belt at the oven's entrance. Employee #4 poured some alcohol onto the belt, which then moved through the 400 to 500 degree oven. An explosion and fire ensued. Employee #1 received 2nd-degree burns over 20 percent of his head and upper body. Employees #2, #3, and #4 were treated for smoke inhalation.
Keywords: burn, alcohol, oven, cleaning, fire, corn oil, explosion, spill, conveyor belt, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102531043 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 102531043 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 102531043 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 102531043 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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