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Accident: 14332258 - Toluene Vapors Ignited, Burning Employees

Accident: 14332258 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 05/15/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
217391205/15/19853231Peachtree Doors, Inc.

EMPLOYEE #1 APPROACHED AN ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY HEAD (TURBOUNIT) WITH A PAIR OF PLYERS IN HIS HAND. HE INTENDED TO PERFORM MAINTENANCE ON THE UNIT. POWER TO THE HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSFORMER HAD BEEN LEFT ON, ALLOWING AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE TO BUILD UP ON THE SPRAY HEAD. WHEN EMPLOYEE #1 TOUCHED THE HEAD WITH HIS PLYERS THERE WAS AN ELECTRIAL DISCHARGE, IGNITING THE TOLUENE VAPORS. EMPLOYEE #1'S CLOTHING CAUGHT FIRE. EMPLOYEE #2, ALONG WITH ANOTHER EMPLOYEE, TRIED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH A PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. EMPLOYEE #1 FLED THE AREA WHILE THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE TRYING TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. THEY WERE FINALLY ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE AFTER EMPLOYEE #1 HAD RUN OVER 100 FEET. HE SUFFERED SECOND DEGREE BURNS OVER 60% OF HIS BODY AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS ON HIS HANDS AND FOREARMS. EMPLOYEE #2 RECEIVED SECOND DEGREE BURNS ON THE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS.

Keywords: burn, clothing, static electricity, flammable vapors, finger, fire, toluene, spark, arm

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2173912 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 2173912 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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