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Accident: 848440 - Four Employees Sustain Burns In Heptane Explosion

Accident: 848440 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 02/12/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10243662302/12/19883089American Louver Company
A base-line coating operation using heptane was being used to finish plastic louvers for lighting. The pulley for the spray area's duct work fan came loose from the shaft. When the fan stopped operating, a build-up of vapors occurred in the duct. Eventually, the pulley slid completely off the shaft and was thrown out of the duct tube, striking the duct wall and creating a spark and a resultant explosion/fire. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized and Employee #4 was injured.
Keywords: burn, fan, flammable vapors, fire, equipment failure, explosion, heptane, spark, pulley
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102436623 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 102436623 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported
3 102436623 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
4 102436623 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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