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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123291916 - Airgas Specialty Gases

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport

Nr: 123291916Report ID: 0111500Open Date: 09/10/2001

Airgas Specialty Gases
325 Mccausland Court
Cheshire, CT 06410
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5169/Chemicals and Allied Products, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 490 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ 08855

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/24/2002
Close Case:02/01/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral201524865 Yes  

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170667398Event: 09/10/2001Employee Sustains Amputations After Cylinder Rupture
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2001, Employee #1 was working with a 300-cubic-foot cylinder which contained a mixture of nitrogen and carbon monoxide. He had just finished inspecting the cylinder, found no defects, and noted that the cylinder was not due for hydro testing. Employee #1 connected the cylinder to the filling manifold and began the filling process. When the cylinder reached approximately 1400-1500 psi, he noticed a leak, and approached the cylinder to investigate. The cylinder then ruptured, throwing him across the room. Two coworkers pulled Employee #1 out of the room, and he was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was hospitalized with amputations of both lower legs.
Keywords: amputated, cylinder, pressure vessel, nitrogen, rupture, carbon monoxide, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123291916 Hospitalized injury Amputation Weighers, measurers and checkers

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