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Accident: 118902.015 - Employee Incurs Chemical Burns During Bathtub Refinishing

Accident: 118902.015 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 07/16/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1415799.01507/17/2019Applied Coatings Tech Inc.
At 12:45 p.m. on July 16, 2019, an employee was prepping an upstairs bathtub for refinishing by chipping and sanding, taping the polyethylene film roll and remo ving old caulk. The bathroom was approximately 263 square feet and leasing occup ants were present downstairs so the employee kept the bathroom door closed durin g his work. The employee wore the required tight-fitting 3M Series 7503 CoolFlow half-face elastomeric air-purifying respirator with 3M 6001 organic vapor (OV) cartridges and voluntarily wore latex gloves, but did not wear eye protection. T he employee stated that he used the bathroom exhaust fan instead of the employer provided portable ventilation system. After prepping, the employee began to spr ay the bathtub tiles with Midwest Chemical Aerospace Primer, Part A, and Midwest Chemical Aerospace Primer, Part B, category 2 flammable liquids, with the use o f an electric Titan Capspray 75 High-Volume Low-Pressure (HVLP) finishing spraye r in conjunction with a Titan Maxum II Pressure Fed Gun fine finishing sprayer s ituated within the bathroom. After primer application, the employee began sprayi ng Midwest Chemical PE 1000 Urethane Catalyst, and Midwest Chemical PE 1000, Par t A, onto the bathtub with the use of an electric Titan Capspray 75 HVLP in conj unction with a Titan Maxum II Pressure Fed Gun, still located within the bathroo m space, with the bathroom door still shut closed. The employee noticed a fire l ikely generated from the Titan Capspray 75 and the employee attempted to exit th rough the bathroom door. The employee was only capable of making it roughly two- thirds of the way before he was caught in an explosion. After the explosion occu rred, the employee ran downstairs to inform all occupants that they needed to ev acuate and everyone escaped through the back door of the residence. The employee sustained chemical burns over thirty percent of his body including his lower ar ms, face, back, chest and lower legs and was hospitalized.
Keywords: arm, back, burn, chemical, chemical burn, chemical vapor, chest, exhaust system, explosion, fire, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, goggles, leg, misjudgement, misjudgement of hazardous situation, multi-employer wo
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1415799.015 28 M Hospitalized injury Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating

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