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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170053052 - Employee Burned In Propane Explosion

Accident: 170053052 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 01/27/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12698783301/28/19985984Blue Flame Bottle Gas Service, Inc.
Employee #1, a trainee, was helping a coworker/trainer fill an RV propane cylinder at a recreational park. As they completed the procedure, the coworker went to the truck to make sure there was no pressure registering and to get his gloves. Employee #1 was disconnecting the hose from the propane cylinder when the coworker, who was approaching the truck, heard a loud "fluff" noise. Apparently, propane gas vapors had reached the pilot light of a water tank about 6 ft from the propane cylinder. The vapors exploded and Employee #1 sustained burns, for which he was hospitalized. A witness later stated that they could see a stream of propane gas coming from the hose when Employee #1 disconnected it from the cylinder.
Keywords: pilot light, vapor, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, gas, explosion, inexperience, gas leak, propane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126987833 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Driver-sales workers

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