Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170152284 - Employee Burned When Paint Thinner Ignites

Accident: 170152284 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 04/03/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11222311004/15/19915812United Foods, Inc.
Employee #1 was removing tiles from the floor. The flooring was left with a residue of dried tile adhesive and he used copious quantities of paint thinner to dissolve and clean away the adhesive. The solvent evaporated and was ignited by the GHC pilot light of a nearby water heater. Employee #1 sustained severe burns over 60 percent of his body. The building he was working in also caught fire, causing substantial damage before firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, flammable vapors, work rules, cleaning, paint solvent, cleaning fluid, water heater
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112223110 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close