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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170843072 - Employee Burned When Paint Booth Explodes

Accident: 170843072 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 04/22/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12561273905/28/19991721Lomeli'S Painting

Employee #1 and a contractor were remodeling the interior of a single-family residence. Employee #1 was assisting with a 120-volt airless spray rig located outside a plastic enclosure erected around a bookcase being sprayed with lacquer. His boss was spraying inside the booth when it the exploded, setting the house on fire. Employee #1 sustained serious burns, for which he was hospitalized. A static spark probably ignited the flammable vapors and particulates inside the unvented plastic enclosure.

Keywords: static electricity, ventilation, flammable vapors, lacquer, work rules, fire, construction, spray painting, explosion, paint booth
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 1 10

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125612739 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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