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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

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