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Accident: 131373.015 - Employee Is Killed In Natural Gas Explosion

Accident: 131373.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 11/09/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1501720.01511/09/2020Paulino Guzman
At 10:55 a.m. on November 9, 2020, an employee and two coworkers were remodeling an attached, single family, single floor home. The remodel included changing ou t the windows, the gas-heated water heater, the floors, the drywall, the bathroo m, and the kitchen. The coworkers were working inside the home and the employee was working in the crawl space when an explosion occurred. Upon hearing and feel ing the explosion, the coworkers ran out of the house and found the employee lyi ng on the ground on the south side of the home approximately 8 feet east of the crawl space. The force of the explosion struck the employee in the chest and hea d region, killing him instantly.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, chest, explosion, head, natural gas, remodel, residential construction, water heater
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  Alteration or rehabilitation   1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1501720.015 67 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work

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