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Inspection: 300018595 - Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc.
Employee #1 was using an acetylene torch on a spent, 55 gallon chemical drum. The heat from the torch caused it to become overpressurized, and the drum exploded. Employee #1 was killed. The drum was not vented and it contained residue from a class IIIB combustible substance. No other compounds were found during analysis of the substance left in drum after the explosion.
acetylene torch, ventilation, work rules, drum, construction, explosion, high pressure, combustible liquid, flying object, chemical
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