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Accident: 114706.015 - Employee Suffers Burns And Fractures When Propane Ignites

Accident: 114706.015 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 03/13/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1387306.01503/20/2019Fennewald Custom Welding, Inc

At 1:15 p.m. on March 13, 2019, an employee was working for a firm that repaired commercial and industrial machinery. Welding was one method of repair. The empl oyee was also the firm's owner. The employee was removing valve from a propane c ontainer. The container had a volume of approximately 9,840 liters (2,600 gallon s). As the last valve was being unthreaded, pressure from what was apparently pr opane gas inside the tank blew off the valve. The workplace was filled with gas. The gas was ignited by a heater in the building. The ensuing explosion threw th e owner (the employee) away from the building. He suffered burns to his back, ar ms, and hands. He also suffered a broken knee and ribs. He was hospitalized for two or more days.

Keywords: arm, back, burn, compressed gas, cylinder, explosion, flammable vapors, flying object, fracture, hand, knee, maintenance, open flame, pressure release, propane, rib, tank, valve

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1387306.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Millwrights

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