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Accident: 879239 - Employee Injured By Exploding Drum

Accident: 879239 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 01/04/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447545405/07/19904111Mass Transit Administration
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 1990, Employee #1 was assigned by his supervisor to cut two 55 gal drums in half using a oxyacetylene torch. The drums were going to be used as holding containers for soap and water for transit buses. At approximately 11:15 a.m., he had cut open one 55 gal drum and was starting on the second drum when it exploded. The bottom end blew off, striking him in the lower left leg. The resulting fireball also caused a minor flash burn to the employee's face and neck. Employee #1 was transported to University Hospital. No safety procedures were in place nor were instructions given to employees concerning the cleaning or purging of drums.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, work rules, drum, fire, struck against, explosion, flying object, untrained, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104475454 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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