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Accident: 964122 - Employee Burned When Smokehouse Burner Explodes

Accident: 964122 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 07/31/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10446596807/30/19905421D & L Meats
On July 30, 1990, Employee #1 and coworkers turned on the gas to relight the pilots. On July 25, 1990, 460 gallons had been delivered and the gas had been turned off. A gas leak was reported to the gas company the same day, and on July 26, 1990, a serviceman had responded and reported that the 600 gallon system was out of gas. When the gas was relighted, smokehouses #1 and #2 were lighted without incident, but smokehouse #3 exploded. Employee #1 suffered second-degree burns on his arms and chest. The gas company returned on July 31, 1990, to pressure check the systems. The safety valve for pilot #3 was removed and a replacement was ordered. The employer had been under the impression that the gas leak had been repaired.
Keywords: burn, chest, pilot light, safety relief valve, inadequate maint, work rules, explosion, gas leak, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104465968 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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