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Accident: 14492367 - Employee Burned To Death When Glue Vapors Ignite

Accident: 14492367 -- Report ID: 0214500 -- Event Date: 08/16/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11412095908/19/19945231Ashima Home Decorators
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on August 16, 1994, employees were applying a glue containing hexane, acetone, toluene, and methyl ethyl ketone onto wallpaper in the basement of a single family house in Leonia, NJ. Unknown sources ignited the glue's flammable organic vapors, causing an explosion and fire. Employee #1 burned to death and three coworkers were injured.
Keywords: burn, mek, flammable vapors, glue, fire, acetone, toluene, explosion, hexane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114120959 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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