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Accident: 692210 - Employee Dies Of Burns When Acetylene Torch Ignites Solvent

Accident: 692210 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 04/18/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
333354905/12/19862435Weyerhaeuser Company

Employee #1 was acting as a fire watch for a coworker who was using an acetylene torch. A spark ignited an 8 gallon plastic can of solvent that was 4 ft away. Employee #1 picked up the can and apparently dropped it, splashing the burning solvent onto his upper body. His clothes ignited and he sustained second-degree burns on his upper body. Employee #1 died of complications from the burns at 4:20 a.m. on May 12, 1986.

Keywords: burn, clothing, acetylene torch, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3333549 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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