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Accident: 170187207 - Employee Burned In House Fire When Gasoline Ignites

Accident: 170187207 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 05/07/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12011508405/07/19931521Doon'S Construction
On May 6, 1993, Employee #1 was hired to remove the carpet from a cement floor in Carson, CA. On May 7, Employee #1 completed the removal of the rug and started removing the remaining glue by applying gasoline to the cement floor, which softened the glue and enabled Employee #1 to easily wipe it off the floor. While dispersing the gasoline throughout the living room with a broom, he inadvertantly dispersed gasoline into the gas heater. The gasoline hit the pilot light, ignited, and flashed to the broom and to the house, trapping Employee #1. Employee #1 was rescued by the L.A. County Fire Department and was sent to Torrance Memorial Burn Center.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, heater, work rules, fire, construction, gasoline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120115084 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.

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