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Accident: 784280 - Employees Injured In Third Press Explosion

Accident: 784280 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 11/10/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10428963211/11/19889224Louisville Division Of Fire
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10428961611/11/19882754Standard Gravure Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10428963211/11/19889224Louisville Division Of Fire
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10428961611/11/19882754Standard Gravure Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10428963211/11/19889224Louisville Division Of Fire
Employees #1 and #2 were rewebbing the B-Red portion of a press when a flash fire started. The carbon dioxide suppression system extinguished the fire. During the fire, Employee #2 jumped over the drive shaft and hit a lever, releasing ink onto the floor. The firemen arrived to extinguish any existing fire. When they used high pressure carbon dioxide to put out the smoldering paper, it fell into the ink and started a second explosion and fire. The carbon dioxide system was engaged, but did not extinguish the fire. A half hour later, a third explosion, the biggest and most devastating, occurred. Employees #1 through #20 were injured either by the fire or by stampeding men.
Keywords: fire ext system, fire, explosion, paper, carbon dioxide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
2 104289632 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
3 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
4 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
5 104289632 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Firefighting occupations
6 104289632 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
7 104289616 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Printing machine operators
8 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
9 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
10 104289632 Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
11 104289632 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Firefighting occupations
12 104289632 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
13 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
14 104289616 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Printing machine operators
15 104289632 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Firefighting occupations
16 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
17 104289632 Hospitalized injury Fracture Firefighting occupations
18 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
19 104289632 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
20 104289632 Hospitalized injury Fracture Firefighting occupations

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