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Accident: 14485015 - Employee Burned In Confined Space Propane Explosion

Accident: 14485015 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 02/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10066350902/20/19871542Nichter Construction Co. Inc.
ON FEBRUARY 20, 1987, AT APPROXIMATELY 1:15 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 SMELLED PROPANE EMANATING FROM THE VALVE CHAMBER, A CONFINED SPACE. EMPLOYEE #1 ENTERED THE VALVE CHAMBER TO DETERMINE WHY THE PROPANE TORCH HE WAS USING HAD EXTINGUISHED. JUST AFTER EMPLOYEE #1 ENTERED THE VALVE CHAMBER THROUGH A 16-INCH PIPE SLEEVE, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN THE CHAMBER. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR BURNS TO HIS FACE AND HANDS.
Keywords: burn, confined space, propane torch, torch, explosion, gas leak, propane, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100663509 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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