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Accident: 170178891 - Employee Burned In Oil Residue Fire

Accident: 170178891 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 06/17/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004301307/01/19938732Aerospace Corp.
Employee #1 was doing air conditioning maintenance work. He was removing a small compressor (16 inches by 9 inches) from a rooftop unit, using an oxygen-acetylene torch to "sweat" a copper tubing connection (1/2 inch tubing) apart. He had not vented the line for 8 hours, and knowing there was a leak in the system, assumed no pressure. Oil residue in the system ignited, exploding into flames. He sustained second-degree burns to his face, neck, and forearms.
Keywords: burn, leak, maintenance, acetylene torch, explosion venting, flammable vapors, air conditioner, work rules, fire, torch
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120043013 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics

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