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Accident: 731026 - Employee Killed When 55 Gallon Drum Exploded

Accident: 731026 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 02/24/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10397660102/24/19885511Dave Mason Lincoln Mercury
AT APPROXIMATELY 8:41 AM ON FEBRUARY 24, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS IN THE SERVICE AREA OF THE SOUTHWEST TRANSMISSION SERVICE USING AN OXYGEN/ACETYLENE CUTTING TORCH TO REMOVE THE BOTTOM OF A METAL 55 GALLON DRUM. THE DRUM HAD PREVIOUSLY CONTAINED A CLASS 1A FLAMMABLE LIQUID. THE FLAME FROM THE TORCH BURNED THROUGH THE DRUM, IGNITING THE FLAMMABLE VAPORS INSIDE. THE ENSUING EXPLOSION BLEW OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE DRUM. THE DRUM BOTTOM STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE HEAD, KILLING HIM INSTANTLY. (HE WAS PARTIALLY DECAPITATED.)
Keywords: head, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, explosion, struck by, decapitated, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103976601 Fatality Other Automobile mechanics

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