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Accident: 14295018 - Employee'S Legs Burned When Glue Fumes Ignited

Accident: 14295018 -- Report ID: 0355119 -- Event Date: 05/08/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10569935905/09/19881799Piedmont Maintenance & Services, Inc.
AT APPROXIMATELY 1:40 PM ON MAY 8, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CUTTING A STEEL PLATE (USING A CUTTING TORCH) OUT OF THE FLOOR. THE FOREMAN WAS REMOVING A SHORT PORTION OF PIPE FROM AN ABANDONED CEMENT (GLUE) PIPE LINE SYSTEM. WHEN THE PIPE WAS UNSCREWED, IT FELL TO THE FLOOR. THE CEMENT IN THE PIPE SPLASHED IN THE DIRECTION OF EMPLOYEE #1 AND HIS TORCH. THE TORCH CAUSED THE CEMENT VAPORS TO IGNITE, BURNING EMPLOYEE #1'S LEGS. HE WAS TREATED AT THE PLANT HOSPITAL AND TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR FURTHER TREATMENT. HE RECEIVED FIRST DEGREE BURNS.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, glue, fire, construction, torch, cutting and burning, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105699359 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights

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