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Accident: 1009893 - Employees Burned And Exposed To Smoke In Boiler Puff Back

Accident: 1009893 -- Report ID: 0253650 -- Event Date: 12/06/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11581079812/15/19939532Jackie Robinson Houses Nyc Ha
On December 6, 1993, Employees #1 through #4, of the New York City Housing Authority, were repairing an inoperative boiler. After repairing an electrical relay, they attempted to ignite the boiler. Due to an accumulation of soot in the boiler's tubes, the excess gas had not been able to dissipate properly and there was a gas build-up in the vessel. The boiler backfired and its door blew open, injuring Employee #4's right arm. He also received burns to his arm and face. Employee #2 received burns to his cheek and right ear and suffered smoke inhalation. Employees #1 and #3 were also treated for smoke inhalation.
Keywords: burn, respiratory, lung, repair, inadequate maint, work rules, boiler, clogged, face, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115810798 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Helpers, mechanics and repairers
2 115810798 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians
3 115810798 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Management related occupations, n.e.c.
4 115810798 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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