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Accident: 14202378 - Burns To Face, Hands And Arms Turning Off A Natural Gas Valv

Accident: 14202378 -- Report ID: 1054112 -- Event Date: 04/09/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10532100404/09/19871623Nw Natural Gas Company
On April 9, 1987, a gas line had been ruptured in a natural gas company's building. Employee #1 smelled natural gas in the building and went to the gas meter with a wrench to shut off the valve. Upon putting the wrench onto the shut-off valve, Employee #1 was blown back by an explosion. With the help of another employee, Employee #1 located the wrench and again attempted to shut off the gas valve. The second attempt was successful. Employee #1 then shut off the gas supply to an adjacent building and helped the building occupant(s) to safety. Employee #1 was then transported to the hospital. Employee #1 suffered first and second degree burns to the hands, arms and face.
Keywords: burn, wrench, natural gas, gas, rupture, valve, arm, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105321004 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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