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Accident: 170381602 - Employee'S Eyes Burned When Car Battery Explodes

Accident: 170381602 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 04/19/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12002663805/08/19967538Royal Motors Sales
On April 19, 1996, Employee #1, of Royal Motors, was charging an automobile battery and removed the battery caps to add acid. As he was pouring it in, the battery exploded and Employee #1 suffered acid burns to his eyes. Coworkers washed his face and eyes with a water hose; when the paramedics arrived, they doused his eyes with an isotonic saline solution for 15 minutes. Employee #1 was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated and released later that day. Employee #1 had failed to disengage the positive and negative electrodes before adding the acid. The acid vapor and the solution itself created an arc which caused the battery to explode.
Keywords: battery, eye, automotive repair, caustic, ppe, work rules, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120026638 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Automobile mechanics

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