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Accident: 202722088 - Employee Sustains Heat Burns On Legs When Fire Ignites

Accident: 202722088 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 11/12/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31744036011/22/20131799East Coast Shoring Inc

On November 12, 2013, Employee #1, with East Coast Shoring Inc., and a coworker were working outside, repairing an excavator. Employee #1 started a fire in a steel container to keep warm. Due to lack of oxygen, the fire smoldered and appeared to go out. Employee #1 decided to restart the fire and poured gasoline into the container. Then, Employee #1 was planning to ignite the gasoline, thus reigniting the fire. As Employee #1 poured the gasoline, the gasoline fumes ignited and traveled into the plastic gas can, which then exploded. Employee #1"s legs became covered in gasoline, which ignited. Employee #1 was hospitalized with heat burns on his legs.

Keywords: burn, open flame, repair, flammable liquid, explosion, excavator, toxic fumes, gasoline, leg
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Other Under $50,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317440360 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause:
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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