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Report: Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids at SOUTHWESTERN WIRE in Norman, Oklahoma

DATE: 12/14/16

An employee was using a water hose to help cool down a tank of molten zinc solution during the pumping transfer process when the water came into contact with acid/residue and a violent chemical reaction and explosion occurred. The water with molten acid solution blew into the employee’s face and back as he turned to run, causing second degree burns that required hospitalization.

Report ID 20161211647  
Date 12/14/2016  
UPA 1164778  
Inspection 1200111  
Primary NAICS 331222  
Nature 1522 Second degree heat (thermal) burns
Part of Body 83 Head and trunk
Source 1469 Metallics and compounds, n.e.c.
Secondary Source 9521 Water
Event 322 Explosion of nonpressurized vapors, gases, or liquids
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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