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Accident: 769323 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Magnesium Shavings Fire

Accident: 769323 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 05/04/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12218177905/06/19985093Okon Metals, Inc.
On May 4, 1998, Employees #1 and #2, of a steel recycling crew, were removing an overhead crane and beam hoisting assembly. Employee #2 was in a 3 ft wide by 10 ft long by 4 ft 6 in. tall manlift that had been raised to a height of 8 ft. He was standing on the lift above a storage bin filled with highly combustible magnesium shavings when he momentarily lit the cutting torches. Sparks from the torch ignited the shavings, which burned in excess of 500 degrees F. Employee #2 sustained burns, from which he died. Employee #1 also suffered burns, but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, dismantling, work rules, fire, torch, spark, combustible dust, aerial lift, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122181779 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 122181779 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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