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Accident: 14206312 - Employees Burned In Propane Flash

Accident: 14206312 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 08/24/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11570389408/24/19939131City Of Coos Bay
On August 16, 1993, Employee #1 and a coworker, both fire fighters, responded to a report of a propane smell at a local restaurant. The two fire fighters searched the area and discovered a strong odor at the hot water heater. A short time later, Employee #2, a service person, arrived and began checking the hot water heater without turning off the ignition sources. Employee #1 turned off the gas and entered the danger zone to talk to Employee #2. The propane ignited and burned Employee #2 and singed the hair on the head and both arms of Employee #1. The fire fighter, Employee #1, required no medical treatment, but the service man, Employee #2, was taken to the local hospital and treated.
Keywords: burn, firefighter, head, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, hot water tank, gas leak, propane, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115703894 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations

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