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Accident: 132027.015 - Two Employees Are Injured By Burns During Maintenance

Accident: 132027.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/29/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1491225.01509/03/2020Quality Lift Trucks
At 1:31 p.m. on July 29, 2020, two employees, Employees #1 and #2, were troubles hooting a new forklift that would not start in a show room. The employees were prepping the forklift for delivery to a customer. The two employees were attempt ing to start one of the new forklifts which had been sold but the forklift engin e would not turn over, the two employees then initiated repairs to get the indus trial truck to start. The employees began troubleshooting the problem, which inc luded checking the fuel line flow, and the ignition system on the forklift, and the battery on the truck. During the attempt to start the forklift, while Employ ee #1 connected a battery charger to the trucks battery to help jump start the e ngine; Employee #2 checked the fuel line flow to the engine, which was pulled sl ightly to determine if there was flow in the line to the engine. The line unexpe ctedly popped off due to pressure, releasing fuel. The fuel ignited causing a fl ash fire, which resulted in burns to the employees. Employee #2 was admitted and treated at the hospital while Employee #1 was treated but not hospitalized. The personal protective gear worn by the employees reduced their injuries. On July 29, 2020, DOSH was notified of the incident and arrived on site to open an inves tigation on September 3, 2020.
Keywords: arm, burn, chemical burn, chemical vapor, chest, dust, engine, face, fire, flammable liquid, forklift, gas, hand, jump start, powered industrial vehicle, repair, vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1491225.015 32 M Hospitalized injury Specified mechanics and repairers
2 1491225.015 39 M Non Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, light

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