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Accident: 201073301 - Employee Is Burned When Fuel Ignites On Hot Chain Saw

Accident: 201073301 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 09/09/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081855409/10/20081629Grindline Skateparks Inc

On September 9, 2008, Employee #1 was using a gasoline, two-cycle powered chain saw to cut wooden form stakes used to support the vertical and horizontal grid prior to pouring cement. The chain saw ran out of fuel, and he went back to the cargo container to refuel the chain saw. He placed the chain saw on top of a stack of wood near the front of the cargo container. The gasoline two-cycle oil mix container was low in fuel, and he did not want to mix up more. He removed the spill proof spout and poured the remaining fuel from the mouth of the plastic fuel container into the chain saw's gas tank. He spilled fuel, and the hot engine ignited it. Employee #1 sustained second degree burns to his left arm and left thigh down to his ankle and first degree burns to both his chest and face. Employee #1 was hospitalized.

Keywords: burn, chest, chain saw, ignition system, engine, spill, arm, face, gasoline
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310818554 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
Cause: Cutting concrete pavement
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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