Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).
Inspection: 2713691 - Wabash Alloys Inc
Inspection Information - Office: Indiana
Report ID: 0551800
Open Date: 07/30/1985
Wabash Alloys Inc
Old U S 24 West Wabash, IN 46992
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3341/Secondary Smelting and Refining of Nonferrous Metals
Spilled Molten Metal Caused Steam Explosion; Workers Burned
EMPLOYEE #1, A CRANE OPERATOR, WAS LIFTING A POT OF MOLTEN ALUMINUM. ONE OF FOUR HOOKS CAME LOOSE, ALLOWING THE MOLTEN ALUMINUM TO SPILL INTO A MANHOLE AND INTO CONTACT WITH COLD WATER. A STEAM EXPLOSION RESULTED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3, A SUPERVISOR AND A PIT HELPER, WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH BURNS. EMPLOYEE #4 SUSTAINED BURNS ON HIS BACK, BUT WAS NOT HOSPITALIZED. EMPLOYEES #5 AND #6 ALSO SUSTAINED LESS SERIOUS BURNS NOT REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION. EMPLOYEE #5 WAS ANOTHER SUPERVISOR. EMPLOYEE #6, A FURNACE OPERATOR, WAS 80 FEET AWAY FROM THE EXPLOSION SITE. WHEN THE CRANE FELL, IT RUPTURED A A GAS LINE, CAUSING ANOTHER EXPLOSION AND FIRE.
You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.
The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.