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Accident: 787929 - Employee Severely Burned During Sawdust Explosion

Accident: 787929 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 02/08/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12370710102/08/19942431Morgan Products Limited
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on February 8, 1994, Employee #1, a boiler tender for a local door manufacturer, was in the boiler fuel bin, having responded to an alarm. He was attempting to knock down a sawdust bridge that caused the fuel supply auger to stop. As he worked, an ignition source caused the agitated sawdust to explode. The explosion and ensuing fire set the employee's clothing and hair on fire. He was able to exit the building to get help. Coworkers stopped the employee, extinguished the flames, and administered first aid. Employee #1 was transported to a local hospital and later flown to Portland. He suffered burns over 50 percent of his body.
Keywords: burn, clothing, sawdust, hair, fire, explosion, combustible dust, bridged material
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123707101 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machine operators, not specified

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