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Accident: 128142.015 - Employee Incurs Flash Burns While Pouring Coloring Into Rum

Accident: 128142.015 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 07/07/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At 11:00 a.m. on July 7, 2020, an employee was standing on a ladder pouring cara mel color from its storage container into a 500 gallon batch of rum that was bei ng made in a 1250 gallon tank. As the employee began to pour the caramel a flash occurred due to an electrostatic discharge contacting the alcohol vapors, which caused the employee to jump from the ladder. The employee was wearing safety gl asses and ear plugs but sustained flash burns to his right hand, lower arm and s inged hair and was hospitalized for treatment. The cause was an electrostatic d ischarge near the alcohol vapors.
Keywords: accidental discharge, alcohol, burn, chemical, chemical vapor, electrical, fire, flammable vapors, food processing, goggles, hair, hand, head, ladder, noise, pouring, tank, vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1485776.015 33 M Hospitalized injury Production helpers

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