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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 1838028 - General Foundry Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Avenel

Nr: 1838028Report ID: 0213400Open Date: 04/17/1984

General Foundry Co Inc
Clawson Ave
Flagtown, NJ 08821
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3321/Gray and Ductile Iron Foundries

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/02/1984
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:05/02/1984

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral900552662 Yes  

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14552327Event: 04/17/1984One Employee Burned, One Injured When Cupola Explodes
Employees #1 and #2 and a supervisor were cleaning a cupola at the end of their shift. They had drained the hot metal out of the cupola and had shut off the gas heater and air blower before attaching a chain to a pin holding the bottom doors. Employee #2 was waiting outside the building with a water hose to spray the hot material after it dropped out of the cupola. The supervisor stepped behind an interior wall before the material was dropped. Employee #1 hooked the chain to a Bobcat approximately 20 ft from the cupola and pulled the pin on a signal from the supervisor. As soon as the doors opened, there was an explosion. The supervisor and Employee #1 were knocked down by the force of the blast. Employee #1 suffered a sprained back and soot inhalation. Employee #2 was struck by parts blown from the building and sustained burns on his head and face. When this report was filed, no causal factors had been established.
Keywords: burn, head, cleaning, blast furnace, back, explosion, molten metal, struck by, smoke inhalation, high temperature
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1838028 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 1838028 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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