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Accident: 758136 - Fire Fighters Injured During Magnesium Fire

Accident: 758136 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 07/21/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10798583007/21/19899190Indianapolis City
At SW Industries, a lean-to-type structure with steel supports and galvanized sheet corrugated sides and roof, containing 3 by 3 by 3 cardboard boxes of magnesium chips and shavings in bulk, was set on fire by a welding spark. Responding fire fighters initially used water from two 2 1/2 in. hose remote control nozzles to control the fire. They changed to three 1 1/2 in. lines, the #1 and #3 lines on fog setting and line #2 on a direct setting. The lines played around the fire. A cardboard box either burned through or failed due to a soaking of water, and dumped magnesium chips and shavings into the water pool around the building, creating explosions. Employees #3 and #4 were struck and burned by burning magnesium. Employee #1 and #2 were struck in the chest and back. Employees #1 and #2 lifted and pulled back Employee #5. Employee #6 was struck by an unknown object on his left knee. Employees #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6 were treated at a hospital's emergency room and released within 24 hours. Employee #4 was treated at the site.
Keywords: burn, chest, firefighter, knee, fire, back, explosion, spark, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Firefighting occupations
2 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Firefighting occupations
3 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Firefighting occupations
4 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Firefighting occupations
5 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Firefighting occupations
6 107985830 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Firefighting occupations

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