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Accident: 731232 - Spilled Molten Metal Caused Steam Explosion; Workers Burned

Accident: 731232 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 07/30/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
271369107/30/19853341Wabash Alloys Inc
EMPLOYEE #1, A CRANE OPERATOR, WAS LIFTING A POT OF MOLTEN ALUMINUM. ONE OF FOUR HOOKS CAME LOOSE, ALLOWING THE MOLTEN ALUMINUM TO SPILL INTO A MANHOLE AND INTO CONTACT WITH COLD WATER. A STEAM EXPLOSION RESULTED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3, A SUPERVISOR AND A PIT HELPER, WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH BURNS. EMPLOYEE #4 SUSTAINED BURNS ON HIS BACK, BUT WAS NOT HOSPITALIZED. EMPLOYEES #5 AND #6 ALSO SUSTAINED LESS SERIOUS BURNS NOT REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION. EMPLOYEE #5 WAS ANOTHER SUPERVISOR. EMPLOYEE #6, A FURNACE OPERATOR, WAS 80 FEET AWAY FROM THE EXPLOSION SITE. WHEN THE CRANE FELL, IT RUPTURED A A GAS LINE, CAUSING ANOTHER EXPLOSION AND FIRE.
Keywords: burn, fire, rupture, steam, explosion, molten metal, spill, manhole, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2713691 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
2 2713691 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Furnace, kiln and oven operators
3 2713691 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Crane and tower operators
4 2713691 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers
5 2713691 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers
6 2713691 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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