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Inspection: 123291916 - Airgas Specialty Gases
Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport
Report ID: 0111500
Open 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
Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170667398
Employee 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.
amputated, cylinder, pressure vessel, nitrogen, rupture, carbon monoxide, leg
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