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Accident: 735225 - Employees Burned When Water Struck Molten Metal & Exploded

Accident: 735225 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/21/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542153106/22/19873341Batchelder - Blasius Inc.
THE EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN THIS ACCIDENT FAILED TO PURGE AN AIRLINE BEFORE THEY USED IT TO CLEAR AN ARCHWAY LOCATED BETWEEN TWO MOLTEN METAL VATS. THE AIRLINE APPARENTLY CONTAINED A SMALL AMOUNT OF WATER WHICH EXPLODED UPON CONTACT WITH THE MOLTEN METAL. PIECES OF MOLTEN METAL STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1, #2 AND #3, BURNING BOTH THE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CLOTHING. EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE BURN CENTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION. EMPLOYEE #3 WAS ADMITTED TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE, BUT NOT CRITICAL, BURNS.
Keywords: burn, work rules, explosion, molten metal, purging, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105421531 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations
2 105421531 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Molding and casting machine operators
3 105421531 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Forging machine operators

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