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Accident: 956755 - Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Drum

Accident: 956755 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 09/10/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11192128409/10/19912033Quaility Assured Packing
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on September 10, 1991, Employee #1 and a forklift operator were puncturing drums of spoiled tomato paste and spoiled diced tomato products and cutting the lids off using a welding torch. When Employee #1 applied his torch flame to a drum lid, an explosion occurred. The bottom of the drum flew off and the drum was propelled upward into Employee #1's chest, killing him immediately. Spoiled tomato product usually generates carbon dioxide. The National Food Processors Association stated that, infrequently, spoiled tomato products can produce ethyl alcohol or hydrogen gas. Cited T8CCR 5416(c) general.
Keywords: chest, hydrogen, alcohol, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, torch, explosion, struck by, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111921284 Fatality Other Machinery maintenance occupations

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