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Accident: 868364 - Employee Killed After Acetylene Gas Explosion

Accident: 868364 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 08/13/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10884163608/14/19907699E. Headley Company
Employee #1, a repair welder of calcium carbide containers, climbed on top of a container to insert an electrically-powered yard blower into the top opening to vent the container. Acetylene gas was present in the container; when the gas contacted the open windings of the yard blower, an explosion occurred. Employee #1 was thrown 38 feet. He died. The container had been stored outside and was exposed to heavy rain the night before and during transport. Water and calcium carbide react to form acetylene gas.
Keywords: electric motor, flammable vapors, acetylene, venting, explosion, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108841636 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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