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Accident: 201096930 - Employee Burned Refueling Wood Splitter

Accident: 201096930 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 09/11/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30081484509/25/20031542Castlerock Development

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on September 11, 2003, Employee #1, a Landscape Manager for Castlerock Development, and two coworkers were using a wood splitter. Earlier that day, Employee #1 had twice refueled the splitter without shutting it off. He would idle down the engine, remove the gas cap, and add fuel; each time, the machine took at least 10 gallons of gas. Approximately 45 minutes after returning from a lunch, Employee #1 started to refuel the splitter again without shutting it off. This time when he removed the cap, fuel gushed out from the tank like a volcano, spraying Employee #1 and catching fire. He sustained third-degree burns to his entire right hand, to his right arm, and to a small part of his waist. Employee #1 was initially treated at Twin Cities Hospital, in Templeton, CA, and then transferred to the Fresno University Burn Center; he was later seen at the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. The employer was cited for an accident-related violation, serious, of T8CCR 3319(a), related to fueling.

Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, refueling, work rules, construction, gasoline, accidental discharge, hand, pressure release
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 222 2222

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300814845 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Other

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