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Accident: 75310.015 - One Employee Killed And Two Injured In A Hydrogen Blast.

Accident: 75310.015 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 03/27/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1049686.01503/28/2015Titanium Metals Corporation
At 10:59 p.m. on March 27, 2015, an employee shut down north melting chamber and was following venting procedures. The copper hearth was melted by the electron beam, resulting in cool water releasing into the north chamber allowing the nort h chamber to reach atmosphere pressure. The south chamber pulled hydrogen and b lasted the 20,000 pound lid into the roof approximately 40 feet above. The lid came down and pinned employee #1 against the floor. Employee # 2 had second degr ee burns on his back and arms, and Employee #3 was killed in the blast.
Keywords: arm, back, blasting, burn, pinned, pressure release, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1049686.015 27 M Fatality Furnace, kiln and oven operators
2 1049686.015 54 M Hospitalized injury Furnace, kiln and oven operators
3 1049686.015 21 M Hospitalized injury Furnace, kiln and oven operators
4 1049686.015 56 M Hospitalized injury Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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