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Accident: 100182.015 - Employee Ignites Flammable Vapors Within A 55-Gallon Drum An

Accident: 100182.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 09/29/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1271883.01510/26/2017Harbor Beach Resort Association
At 7:00 a.m. on September 29, 2017, an employee was attempting to unscrew a small threaded pipe that was rusted in a bung hole on a metal 55-gallon drum and sprayed the rusted pipe with WD-40 several times. The employee used a small handheld propane torch to heat the pipe up and ignited the fumes within the drum. A stream of fire blew out of the opposite side of the drum and burned the employee's groin and upper leg, leaving him with second and third degree burns. The employee was hospitalized.
Keywords: propane torch, burn, flammable vapors, leg, fire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1271883.015 70 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations

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