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Accident: 14379911 - 3 Employees Burned When Hat Asphalt Spilled Onto Them

Accident: 14379911 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 11/10/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10169039411/10/19862911Koch Fuels, Inc. Dba Koch Asphalt Co.
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
Keywords: burn, work rules, high pressure, hot asphalt, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101690394 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 101690394 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 101690394 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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