Accident Description

Accident: Universal Form Clamp Co. Explosion and Fire

Location: Location: Bellwood, IL

Accident Occurred On: 06/14/2006 | Final Report Released On: 04/10/2007

Accident Type: Flammable Vapor

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was issued at a news conference in Chicago on April 10, 2007.

One fatality and five injuries resulted from an explosion and fire in a mixing room at the Universal Form Clamp facility. Workers were heating and mixing flammable solvents in an open top tank. During the heating process, there was a sudden evolution of flammable vapors that ignited, resulting in the explosion and fire.