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Accident: 138174.015 - Employee Is Killed When Trapped In Fire

Accident: 138174.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 08/16/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1547929.01508/16/2021Wesley Allen Inc
At 3:36 p.m. on August 16, 2021, an employee, a maintenance worker, and a cowork er, a temporary employee, were welding shelf brackets onto the wall of a warehou se. As the employees welded the brackets, slag from the welding ignited cardboar d on the floor in the area and on the legs of the metallic chairs stored in the warehouse. As the cardboard smoldered, the employees attempted to extinguish it with fire extinguishers. The employees then left the warehouse to get more fire extinguishers. The coworker went to the front parking lot and the employee went to the rear of the warehouse making his way to the second floor. As the employee made his way to the second floor balcony, he got trapped. When the coworker ret urned to the warehouse, he found the fire was out of control, being fed by the c ardboard on the furniture, the discarded cardboard on the floor and the wood in the warehouse. The coworker notified the management who called for emergency ser vices. While fire fighters were fighting the fire, the management performed a he ad count and notified them that the employee was not accounted for. Fire fighter s found the employee's body on the second floor balcony and pronounced him dead at the scene. The employee died due to asphyxiation and burns.
Keywords: asphyxiated, burn, caught in, fire, fire brigade/department, fire fighter, molten slag, welding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1547929.015 60 M Fatality Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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