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Accident: 910497 - Employee'S Leg Fractured In Methanol Explosion

Accident: 910497 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/01/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12046711308/17/19922369Capitol City Mfg. Co., Inc.
Employee #1 was using a cutting torch to cut a 55 gallon drum of methanol, which was supposedly empty, to make a trash can. An explosion knocked the lid of the drum through the side of a trailer in the area, breaking two bones in one of Employee #1's legs. The drum had not been thoroughly cleaned prior to cutting. The hazard communication program did not include an MSDS for oxygen and acetylene, nor training on such.
Keywords: fracture, methyl alcohol, flammable liquid, work rules, drum, torch, explosion, untrained, cutting and burning, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120467113 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial machinery repairers

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