DateCityStateEmployerBody PartEvent
2021-10-18VintonTxKyoei Steel, LTDHand(s)Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids
On 10/18/2021, an employee was working on heating inner racers with a heating torch. The hose leaked oxygen and a flash fire occurred in one of the lines, resulting in second degree burns to the employee's left hand that required hospitalization.
2021-10-15Green BayWiKI, Inc.BODY SYSTEMSNonclassifiable
On October 15, 2021, an employee was repairing a leaking steam hose and was trapped between a moving parts hoist and a drip pan in the plating department. The employee was hospitalized, having suffered a lack of oxygen.
2021-09-20AustinTxTexas Home Health Hospice-Austin, LLC.Hand(s)Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids
A nurse was visiting a patient's home to change out the regulator on the patient's oxygen tank. Oxygen from the tank ignited causing third degree burns to the employee's hands.
2021-06-29HarlowtonMtMontana Health NetworkFinger(s), fingernail(s)Struck by or caught in swinging door or gate
An employee was putting an oxygen tank in the storage room when the door closed on their hand and crushed their left pinky finger.
2021-05-05BlythevilleArPhoenix Services, LLCNonclassifiableIngestion of harmful substance
At 4:45 p.m. on May 5, 2021, an employee was cutting up steel scrap with an oxygen lance rod. A piece of hot slag went under his face shield, bounced off his chest, entered his mouth, and was swallowed. He was hospitalized.
2021-04-03NeihartMtShowdown MontanaChest, except internal location of diseases or disordersOther fall to lower level
An employee was riding a ski lift to the top of the slope. The employee fell while exiting the lift and sustained broken ribs and loss of oxygen.
2021-01-15New SalemPaNelson Wire & SteelNonclassifiableIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was using an acetylene/oxygen torch to cut bad wire off a spool when sparks from the process ignited the employee's shirt, resulting in burns to the employee's skin that required hospitalization.
2020-08-23PekinIlNRG Energy Powerton Generating StationElbow(s)Struck by swinging or slipping object, other than handheld, n.e.c.
On August 23, 2020, an employee was checking the pressure on compressed oxygen cylinders used for boiler chemistry control. When the employee opened a cylinder manifold valve, the stainless steel braided hose connecting the cylinder cradle to the pressure gauge failed and whipped around, striking the employee on the back and the left elbow. The employee suffered a 6-inch laceration to the elbow and was hospitalized.
2020-08-23TallahasseeFlLowes Home Center, Inc.Hip(s)Fall on same level due to tripping over an object
A cashier was walking from her register to a desk. She tripped over her portable oxygen hose and fell to the floor, suffering a broken hip.
2020-08-06OrlandoFlS2C FL Management, LLCMultiple body partsContact with hot objects or substances
An employee was preparing to remove copper lines from an old compressor using an oxygen and acetylene welding torch. Flames came out as soon as the torch was turned on and the employee was burned on their face and arm. The employee was hospitalized.
2020-06-09AlbertvilleAlabamaAlloy Resources, Inc. Head and neckContact with hot objects or substances
An employee was inserting an oxygen lance into a furnace to melt metal that had solidified over the argon injection ports. Molten metal splashed out onto the employee's face and neck, melted the employee's face shield and safety glasses, and caused first- and second-degree burns over five percent of the employee's face and neck. The employee was hospitalized.
2020-04-27JeffersonLouisianaIntercoastal Repair ServicesHand(s) and arm(s)Nonstructural fire, n.e.c.
An employee was repairing a leak on a barge. After repairing the leak, the employee was working overhead when fire/slag from a welding torch's oxygen line fell on his glove, igniting and burning his left hand and forearm. He was hospitalized.
2020-03-16TupeloMississippiDixie Electrical Controls and Automation, Inc.BODY SYSTEMSPart of occupant’s body caught between vehicle and other object in nonroadway transport incident
An employee was operating an aerial lift and was elevated 9.5 feet. While traveling backwards, he was pinned between the cage of the aerial lift and overhead structure bracing. The employee's chest/neck area was pinned, cutting off oxygen and resulting in strangulation.
2020-03-07JewettTexasTMS International Multiple body partsIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was cutting up scrap metal. There was a hole at the connection in the hose of the hand torch which caused the employee's shirt to become saturated with oxygen. When the employee lit the torch, his shirt caught on fire. The employee was hospitalized with burns on his stomach, right arm, and back.
2019-09-17ColumbusOhioLane AviationNonclassifiableFire
On September 17, 2019, an employee was filling an oxygen bottle when it caught on fire. The employee was burned and hospitalized.
2019-09-04ConroeTexasNOV WSS BrandtMultiple body partsVehicle or machinery fire
An employee was using an oxygen acetylene torch when its flame went out. He turned off the oxygen supply to the torch. The flame then returned and the torch's hose separated, causing a large flame that caused second-degree burns to his arms and abdomen. He was hospitalized.
2019-08-20LargoFloridaKiewit Water Facilities South Co.Finger(s), fingernail(s)Struck by falling object or equipment
An employee was moving oxygen-compressed air cylinders when one started to tip and fell onto another bottle where his finger was. His finger was caught between the two bottles, fracturing his left pinky finger and knuckle.
2019-07-09PensacolaFloridaU.S. Dept of the Navy - Fleet Readiness Center Southeast CommandMultiple head locationsStruck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part
On July 9, 2019, an employee was being trained to calibrate an oxygen test bench. He was lying on the floor under the bench during a simulated repair when a 40-pound counterweight's cable broke loose. The counterweight fell from 3 to 4 feet above the floor onto his head. He suffered a broken eye socket and possible skull fracture and was hospitalized.
2019-06-18ClevelandOhioArcelorMittalNonclassifiableFall through surface or existing opening 21 to 25 feet
An employee working on an elevated platform fell 25 feet through the oxygen load opening, landing on the lower level of a basic oxygen furnace. The employee was attempting to arrest flames while tapping steel. The employee suffered multiple fractures and second degree burns.
2019-06-15CochrantonPennsylvaniaVitro Flat Glass, LLCNonclassifiableFire
An employee had just completed replacing the oxygen block in a furnace port. As the employee was walking away, his left pant leg caught on fire. He attempted to extinguish the fire with his left hand, causing his shirt sleeve to catch on fire. He was hospitalized with second and third degree burns.
2019-05-24CentennialColoradoMayo AviationHead and trunkIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
On May 24, 2019, an employee was filling an oxygen tank when a valve on the tank failed and a flash fire occurred. The employee was hospitalized with burns to the face and torso.
2019-05-06BethlehemPennsylvaniaLehigh Heavy Forge CorporationNonclassifiableNonstructural fire, n.e.c.
While scarfing a forging, a hot spark got inside the employee's protective clothing. When the employee opened his clothing, enough oxygen got in to allow the clothing to catch fire. The employee sustained second degree burns.
2019-05-06TylerTexasUT Health East Texas EMSFinger(s), fingernail(s)Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle
An employee reached into the oxygen compartment to obtain a broom. The ambulance door then closed on her left middle finger and amputated it.
2019-04-01VicksburgMississippiVicksburg Forest ProductsFinger(s), fingernail(s)Vehicle or machinery fire
An employee was using a cutting torch with oxygen and acetylene when the hose caught fire, resulting in burns to his left thumb.
2019-03-19AkronOhioMETALICO AKRON, INC. NonclassifiableExplosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire
An employee was cutting an aluminum oxygen cylinder when it exploded. The employee suffered broken fingers and burns.
2019-03-11LincolnNebraskaLincare, Inc.Lower leg(s)Fall on same level due to slipping
An employee had arrived at a patient's home and was preparing to deliver oxygen and durable medical equipment to the patient when the employee slipped on ice or snow and impacted the ground, fracturing the right tibia and fibula.
2019-03-06WaunakeeWisconsinEndres Manufacturing CompanyHand(s)Vehicle or machinery fire
An employee was about to preheat 1-inch carbon steel with an oxygen/propylene torch. The torch caught fire, and the heat caused second-degree burns to the employee's hand through the leather glove.
2019-01-18EastabogaAlabamaHansen-Rice, Inc.Chest, except internal location of diseases or disordersCompressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment
An employee was moving a basket into position to connect a steel beam when the employee was pinned between the basket and a jack beam, requiring hospitalization for fractured ribs and an absence of oxygen in the tissues.
2018-08-26MinervaOhioImperial Aluminum - Minerva, LLCHip(s)Other jump to lower level 6 to 10 feet
While taping an aluminum reverb, an employee believed that molten metal was over-flowing the trough and melting oxygen lines on the floor. The employee then jumped over the handrail of an elevated work platform and fell approximately 5 to 6 feet to the floor below, injuring his left elbow and fracturing the left side of his hip.
2018-08-25PeoriaIllinoisKeystone Consolidated Industries, Inc.Hand(s)Nonstructural fire, n.e.c.
An employee was working on a slide gate at the bottom of a ladle. The employee was lancing the bottom of the ladle to open it up when the oxygen lance leaked oxygen into his glove. A spark then ignited the glove on the employee's left hand, burning it.
2018-08-24ElmiraNew YorkNational Cemetery AdministrationBODY SYSTEMSDepletion of oxygen
While in a manhole, investigating water complaints from cemetery visitors, an employee lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen.
2018-08-14OntarioOhioLincare Holdings, Inc.Neck, except internal location of diseases or disordersOther fall to lower level
An employee slipped on steps located at a patient's residence and fell onto an oxygen tank that was on a cart at the base of the steps, suffering a puncture wound to the neck.
2018-08-10AlloyWest VirginiWVA MANUFACTURING, LLCHand(s)Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire
On 08/10/18, at approximately 2:00 AM, a maintenance employee was performing repairs to an oxygen line that was part of a plant's oxygen air system. The employee repaired the hose, tightened the clamp on the hose, and instructed another employee to turn the oxygen back on. When the oxygen was turned back on, the hose exploded in the maintenance employee's hands. The employee was hospitalized with burns to both hands.
2018-07-18EddystonePennsylvaniaBarry Callebaut USA LLCBODY SYSTEMSDepletion of oxygen
At about 2:00 p.m. on July 18, 2018, an employee had opened the top hatch of a heat exchanger hopper and was changing an air filter. The employee became unresponsive due to a lack of oxygen, possibly because nitrogen gas had displaced the oxygen.
2018-06-06CalvertAlabamaOutokumpu Stainless USA, LLCUpper and lower limb(s)Contact with hot objects or substances
An employee was lacing using an oxygen lancer. Concrete was heated by the lance and metal slag shot into the air and contacted the injured employee. The employee sustained burns to the left foot and right hand.
2018-05-31BirminghamAlabamaGood People Brewing CompanyHand(s)Struck by dislodged flying object, particle
An employee changed the regulator on an oxygen cylinder from an empty bottle to full. When the employee opened the gate valve to supply the oxygen, an ignition occurred and the gate valve ejected from the bottle, striking the employee. The employee suffered a fracture and laceration to the right hand and a contusion to the sternum.
2018-05-08OrlaTexasTETRA Technologies Inc. BODY SYSTEMSInhalation of harmful substance-single episode
Two employees were transferring rinsate from a chemical tote to frac tanks using a bucket. Approximately six hours later, both employees stated that they felt winded with slightly strained breathing. One of the employees was hospitalized due to strained breathing and low oxygen levels.
2018-03-26OpelikaAlabamaLauderdale Dental, LLC Multiple body partsIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was turning on an oxygen tank to a nitrous oxide mixer when the machine burst into flames, causing second degree burns to the employee's right thigh, left hand, and face.
2018-03-12BridgevillePennsylvaniaUniversal StainlessForearm(s)Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was walking toward an oxygen cylinder to adjust the regulator when an oxygen hose burst and ignited, burning the employee's right forearm.
2018-02-02RockfordIllinoisGunite CorporationHand(s)Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was using an oxygen lance to clean a cupola slag runner (a portion of a foundry furnace) when the oxygen line supplying the lance failed causing a flame to strike the employee and enter his glove. The employee sustained third degree burns to the back and palm of his right hand.
2018-01-30WaskomTexasProgress RailMultiple body partsIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was using an oxy/fuel gas cutting torch to dismantle a railcar when a small pinhole developed in the oxygen line near where the hoses meet the torch, causing a leak. Oxygen then migrated up the employee's sleeve inside his protective leather-cutting jacket and ignited. He received second and third degree burns on his right shoulder, armpit, and upper chest.
2017-10-12CassvilleWisconsinU.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceBODY SYSTEMSDepletion of oxygen
An employee was monitoring and collecting mussels in a river when she became low on oxygen and lost consciousness underwater. She was hospitalized.
2017-09-29WarwoodWest VirginiFazio Mechanical Services, Inc.BODY SYSTEMSInhalation of harmful substance-single episode
An employee was using an oxygen/acetylene torch in a small walk-in cooler when the employee developed breathing problems and lung aspiration from the fumes or smoke. The employee was hospitalized.
2017-06-26OcalaFloridaLincare, IncMultiple body partsIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was walking toward the company vehicle when he noticed that there was oxygen gas venting on the side of the van. He opened the tri-cock valve to bleed the pressure down from 120 PSI, opened the doors to vent the van for about 5 minutes, and then closed the doors. As he walked across the parking lot, he lit a cigarette lighter, which caused a flame to ignite on his left shirt sleeve. He suffered second and third degree burns to his chest and underarms, requiring hospitalization.
2017-06-10PhillipsWisconsinAspirus, Inc. BODY SYSTEMSInhalation of harmful substance-single episode
On June 10, 2017, an employee opened a tub of liquid chlorine bleach with pliers and rinsed the pliers in a stream of what appeared to be running water, but was actually disinfectant. The employee then experienced shortness of breath and lowered oxygen saturation, requiring hospitalization.
2017-06-09MidlothianTexasHarsco Metals & MineralsBack, including spine, spinal cordIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was cutting billets with a propane and oxygen torch when sparks sprayed his left side. His undershirt caught on fire and he suffered second degree burns to the left side of his back.
2017-05-30Panama City BeachFloridaU.S. Dept of the NavyBODY SYSTEMSDepletion of oxygen
On May 30, 2017, an employee was diving to a depth of 82-84 feet with a team in the Gulf of Mexico. He was using an oxygen tank, got tangled in the line and the air shut off. He was found unconscious by other divers and was brought to the surface were he was resuscitated.
2017-03-22CalvertAlabamaTMS International, LLCBack, including spine, spinal cordIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was cutting demo scrap with a gas and oxygen torch when he felt his back getting hot. After removing his jacket and shirt, he found a burn roughly the size of a sheet of paper in the middle of his back. He was hospitalized.
2017-03-05AllentownPennsylvaniaStewart Industrial Maintenance, Inc. Chest, except internal location of diseases or disordersIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was cutting the bolt heads off carrier flights of conveyor chain when the oxygen hose on the torch unit sprung a leak and the oxygen ignited. The employee's shirt caught on fire and the employee was burned on the left side of his chest.
2017-02-23ScrantonPennsylvaniaAllied ServicesHip(s)Fall on same level due to tripping over an object
An employee went into a room to give medication. When she turned to leave, her foot was caught in the oxygen tubing, causing her to trip and fall on her left hip. She suffered a fractured hip, injured right shoulder, and rotated left leg.
2017-02-06DuluthMinnesotaFraser Shipyards, Inc.Thigh(s)Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source
On February 6, 2017, an employee was using an oxygen/acetylene torch to remove existing welds between plate steel when a spark ignited his insulated bibs. He suffered burns on the upper thighs of both legs, requiring hospitalization.
2017-01-20NewtonMississippiESCO CorporationFingertip(s)Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment
The wiring for an argon oxygen decarburization (AOD) motor caught fire and the AOD had to be operated manually. An employee attempted to insert a crank handle into the AOD crank. As the employee was manually tilting the AOD, it moved beyond the center of gravity and the crank handle started spinning rapidly. When the employee tried to grab the crank handle, his right middle finger was caught in the chain and sprocket, de-gloving the fingertip. The chain and sprocket was unguarded at the time of
2017-01-10Fort SmithArkansasIndustrial Tooling, Inc.Multiple body partsExplosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire
An employee was filling an oxygen cylinder from a large cylinder. Another employee pushed the booster pump and the cylinder exploded. Both employee were hospitalized for burns to the abdomen, arms, chest and face.
2016-08-28JohnstownColoradoVisions Express IncWrist(s)Other fall to lower level
An employee was gauging a crude oil tank through a thief hatch and may have been exposed to vapors from the tank or oxygen depletion. The employee became ill and fell down the stairs breaking the right wrist.
2016-08-24QuanticoVirginiaFederal Bureau of Investigations AcademyAnkle(s) and leg(s)Parachuting incident
At approximately 1900 hours on 24 August 2016, an employee was involved in a "High Altitude Low Oxygen" (HALO) "free fall" parachute jump as part of his training curriculum. When the wind shifted at the drop zone, he was dragged into a chain link fence and fractured his right leg/ankle. The employee was admitted to the hospital and will require surgery to repair the fracture to his leg/ankle.
2016-08-22VaidenMississippiUPCHURCH SERVICES LLCMultiple body partsIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was using an oxygen/acetylene torch to un-solder a copper line on an HVAC system when refrigerant oil or oil vapors in the system ignited and caused a flash fire. The employee sustained first degree burns to his left arm and minor burns to his face.
2016-04-26NewtonMississippiESCO CorporationArm(s)Vehicle or machinery fire
On 4/26/16, at approximately 5:15 AM, an employee was using a pneumatic chipping gun to break up hardened mortar inside the mortar mixer. When he connected his chipping gun's quick-connect hose to the airline, he accidentally hooked it to an oxygen line, which was not properly labeled. While he was operating the chipping gun with oxygen instead of compressed air, a fire broke out inside the tool and enveloped his right arm, face, and neck. He suffered second and third degree burns to his arm, a
2016-03-14AugustaGeorgiaYANCEY BROTHERS, INC.FaceContact with hot objects or substances
An employee was using an oxygen and acetylene torch set to heat up the rollers on the excavator in order to change the tracks out on the equipment. While heating the rollers with the torch, the oil inside the rollers was heated. The pressure from the rollers and heat caused the heated oil to splash on the employee's face, causing second degree burns.
2016-01-26LancasterPennsylvaniaAlcoa Inc.Multiple trunk locationsIgnition of clothing from controlled heat source
On or about January 26, 2016, at 2:45 a.m., an employee was practicing cutting a 3/4-inch steel plate on a cutting table with an oxygen propane torch when his 100-percent cotton work shirt caught on fire, causing second degree burns over 12 percent of his chest and stomach. He was hospitalized.
2016-01-23DuboisPennsylvaniaDuBois Continuum of Care Community, Inc.Elbow(s)Fall on same level due to tripping over an object
On 1/23/16 at 12:30, an employee was transferring a resident from one table to another in the dining hall via a wheelchair. The employee got caught on the resident's oxygen tubing and fell to the ground, fracturing her left elbow and requiring surgery.
2016-01-14New OrleansLouisianaAmerican Commercial Barge LineMultiple trunk locationsIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was torch-cutting steel inside of a 75'-long by 18'-deep by 25'-wide barge, using oxygen/acetylene from a centrally located 75'-long gas-supplying line, when the employee suffered third degree burns from the waist to the neck.
2015-11-16GirardOhioInterstate Shredding, LLCLower leg(s)Ignition of clothing from controlled heat source
An employee was torching (cutting) railroad rails with an oxygen/propane torch when a spark struck his lower left pant leg, causing burn injuries to his shin area. He was hospitalized.
2015-10-31Ellwood CityPennsylvaniaEllwood City Forge, Inc.Lower leg(s)Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.
An employee was using an oxygen acetylene torch to cut a metal side plate/panel, that had been removed from a machine. As the employee was cutting the metal, a part of the plate broke free from the cutting operation and fell onto the employee's left lower leg fracturing it. The employee was hospitalized for surgery on the lower left leg as a result of the incident.
2015-07-31HuntingtonWest VirginiAtlas Industrial Contractors, LLCMultiple body partsContact with hot objects or substances
An employee was spraying water onto scrap steel that had spilled out of a furnace and had been cut into pieces using an oxygen lance. A steam explosion occurred, causing a second degree steam burn to his face and hands. He was hospitalized.
2015-05-04CorfuNew YorkEdward Arnold Scrap Processors, Inc. Multiple body partsIgnition of vapors, gases, or liquids
An employee was cutting a piece of scrap steel wire using a propane/oxygen torch. The wire was placed on top of a scrapped hydraulic cylinder that contained a residual amount of hydraulic fluid. While cutting the wire, the employee cut through the cylinder, igniting the hydraulic fluid. The flaming fluid spread to the employee's uniform, which also caught fire. The employee suffered second and third degree burns on his back, stomach, and right calf.
2015-02-04DenverColoradoMendel and CompanyBODY SYSTEMSInhalation of harmful substance-single episode
Two employees were taken to the emergency room at Denver General for oxygen and observation after being exposed to carbon monoxide from a propane heater being used indoors.
2015-01-05Eau ClaireWisconsinAmerican Eagle Nursing Home Company of Eau Claire, LLC NonclassifiableStruck by discharged object or substance
An employee received freezing tissue-related injuries when she was sprayed with liquid oxygen while filling portable tanks.