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Accident: 14283501 - Employee'S Face Burned In Vapor Explosion

Accident: 14283501 -- Report ID: 0214700 -- Event Date: 12/16/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10287731312/16/19935032Prima Asphalt & Concrete Inc.
Employee #1, a plant superintendent, was standing on top of a 15,000 gallon tank that was half filled with heated liquid asphalt. The return circulating line was clogged and he was using a propane torch to warm it. As Employee #1 tried to look into the open hatch to see if the asphalt was flowing, the torch in his hand moved too close to the hatch, igniting the escaping vapors. The flames from the brief explosion licked his face, causing a burn that looked like a bad sunburn. Employee #1 was hospitalized for 4 days and is now at home recuperating.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, work rules, propane torch, clogged, explosion, hot asphalt
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102877313 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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