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Accident: 880146 - Employees Burned In Wood Dust Explosion And Fire

Accident: 880146 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 12/01/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10711849912/01/19922493Merillat Industries, Llc
Employees #1 and #2 were operating and monitoring a self-fed industrial wood sanding machine used in a particleboard production process. The shaved wood particles were collected by a pneumatic extraction system and transported to pollution control equipment consisting of a cyclone and baghouse (filter). An ignition source within the confined chambers of the pollution control equipment initiated a wood dust explosion. The explosion and fire ball propagated backward through the dust extraction system and entered the work area. Both employees were burned before escaping the area.
Keywords: burn, sanding machine, wood chips, fire, back, explosion, flashback, arm, combustible dust
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107118499 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 107118499 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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