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Accident: 201520715 - Employeesuffers Burns In Flash Fire

Accident: 201520715 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 03/01/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12330490903/03/20004959B & E Pipe And Basin Cleaners, Inc.

Employee #1 was applying "Plasti-Dip", a synthetic rubber coating, with a paintbrush and roller to the inside of a truck-mounted water tank. The tank was approximately 5-ft by 5-ft by 5-ft and Employee #1 was standing inside the tank of the truck which was parked inside the storage building. Employee #1 was using a small wooden ladder as means of entering and exiting the tank. The tank was completely open on top. The vapors ignited from an undetermined ignition source, possibly static electricity, and a flash fire erupted in the tank. Employee #1 jumped from the tank as other employees extinguished the fire with a 120-BC-rated fire extinguisher. Employee #1 was hospitalized.

Keywords: burn, heat, static electricity, vapor, fire, ladder, combustible liquid, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123304909 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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