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Accident: 170898951 - Employee Injured When Truck Air Compressor Explodes

Accident: 170898951 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 05/29/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12612293606/05/19977538La Bart Corporation.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on May 29, 1997, Employee #1, of the La Bart Corporation in Pomona, CA, was testing a truck's air conditioning condenser unit for leaks. At first, he used compressed air from the shop's air compressor system but the pressure was inadequate. Employee #1 had began to use compressed oxygen along with the compressed air through a manifold/hose system when the air compressor of the truck's air conditioning unit exploded. Employee #1 sustained serious injuries and burns when he was struck by flying pieces of debris. Apparently, parts of the air conditioning unit had been cleaned with gasoline earlier that day.

Keywords: oxygen, automotive repair, flammable vapors, air conditioner, work rules, compressed air, explosion, struck by, flying object, gasoline

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126122936 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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