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Accident: 96750.015 - Employee Is Injured In An Explosion While Cutting Into An Ox

Accident: 96750.015 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 06/28/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1243897.01506/28/2017West Virginia Cashin Recyclables, Inc.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. on June 28, 2017, an employee was processing scrap metal. The employee grabbed a Stihl T5700 Concrete saw with a 10-13 inch blade to cut through an oxygen cylinder that is used for home oxygen. The cylinder still had the valve attached and was pressurized. The employee cut into the cylinder with the saw resulting in an explosion and a small flash fire. The employee was thrown back a couple feet and his clothing caught fire. The employee was wearing PPE, safety glasses, steel toed shoes, gloves, hearing protection. The safety glasses broke as a result of the explosion. The employee received second and third degree burns to his arms, chest, torso, and face. The employee also received a fractured sternum and punctured lung. There were also burns to the employee's eyes. The employee was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: oxygen, puncture, struck by, tank, arm, compressed gas, concrete, explosion, lung, lockout/tagout, fracture, face, eye, cylinder, chest, burn, torso, saw, ppe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1243897.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Concussion Laborers, except construction

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