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Accident: 94373.015 - Maintenance Worker Is Burned In Oven Flash Fire

Accident: 94373.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 03/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1221643.01503/30/2017John Deere Des Moines Works
At 7:50 a.m. on March 1, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, maintenance employees employed by a heavy equipment manufacturer, were engaged in equipment maintenance. Employee #1 was helping his coworkers repair the pump for the quen ching unit located in front of the heat treat oven. They were using five-gallon pails to store the quenching liquid while they tried to bleed out the air in th e cooling lines. There was no funnel that would enable Employee #1 to pour the oil into the machine correctly. Instead, he dumped the five gallons of oil from the pail through the front door where the quenching oil was used. Some of the oil ran down through a channel, came into contact with the heat treat oven door, and began to smoke. Employee #1 closed the outside door and waited a couple mi nutes. He then started to raise the door to check if the smoke was gone. Air e ntered the heat treat oven, and an explosion occurred. The door was blasted ope n, and fire flashed out. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was tr ansported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for first degree burns t o the face.
Keywords: accidental discharge, burn, combustible liquid, explosion, face, fire, flashback, heat, oil drum, work rules
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1221643.015 32 M Hospitalized injury Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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