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Accident: 201163532 - Gases Building Up In A Boiler Ignite And Burns Worker

Accident: 201163532 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/16/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12609876311/16/20019611Parsons Energy & Chemical Group Inc

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on November 16, 2001, Employee #1, a 21-year-old male, with Parsons Energy & Chemical Group Inc, that operates cogeneration facilities for UCLA. Employee #1 was in the facility where waste heat from boilers is harnessed to generate electrical power. Employee #1 was restarting a stand-by/waste heat boiler; the boiler did not fire the first time it was started, so Employee #1 made a second attempt to fire the boiler, which triggered an explosion in the forced draft fan area (which feeds fresh air and by-pass flue gas.) Employee #1 sustained cuts and a first degree burn on his face. It is suspected that the purging of unused gasses may not have been complete and unused gasses may have been by-passed back to the system causing the explosion at the fan.

Keywords: burn, gas-fired boiler, boiler, ignition system, gas

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126098763 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Supervisors, production occupations

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