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Accident: 170048920 - Employee Burned In Flash Fire

Accident: 170048920 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 03/18/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11220684203/18/19911611Manhole Adjusting Contractors Inc
At about 11:30 a.m. on March 12, 1991, Employee #1, of Manhole Adjusting Contractors, Inc., Monterey Park, CA, was standing atop a truck-mounted tanker, LOS serial #335533, that was filled with hot rubber asphalt base. He was heating a pipe fitting on a hose with a propane weed burner to tighten the hose, when vapors from the tank ignited, creating a flash fire that burned his face and arms. Employee #1 jumped approximately 12 ft off the tanker to the ground. He was taken to Queen Medical Center for treatment. The accident occurred at the Blue Diamond Company, Irwindale, CA.
Keywords: burn, tank truck, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, construction, torch, hot asphalt, arm, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112206842 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators

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