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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 m etal. The employee grabbed a Stihl T5700 Concrete saw with a 10-13 inch blade t o cut through an oxygen cylinder that is used for home oxygen. The cylinder sti ll had the valve attached and was pressurized. The employee cut into the cylind er with the saw resulting in an explosion and a small flash fire. The employee w as thrown back a couple feet and his clothing caught fire. The employee was wea ring PPE, safety glasses, steel toed shoes, gloves, hearing protection. The saf ety 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 rece ived a fractured sternum and punctured lung. There were also burns to the emplo yee's eyes. The employee was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: arm, burn, chest, compressed gas, concrete, cylinder, explosion, eye, face, fracture, lockout/tagout, lung, oxygen, ppe, puncture, saw, struck by, tank, torso
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1243897.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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