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Inspection Detail

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14252159 Event: 10/25/1988Employee Injured When Struck By Exploding Drum
Employee #1, working alone, had cut the tops off five 55-gallon steel drums that had contained a flammable liquid, using a standard cutting torch. As he started to cut the top off the sixth drum, it exploded. The top of the drum separated, struck Employee #1 in the head, and landed 200 ft away. Employee #1 was wearing welding glasses, gloves, and a respirator. He was semiconscious when he was transported to the hospital.
Keywords: head, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, torch, explosion, combustible liquid, struck by, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 3049301 Hospitalized injury Hernia Occupation not reported

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