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Accident: 170609382 - Employee Burned When Sparks Ignite Dust And Lint

Accident: 170609382 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 07/16/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12005212107/18/19943552Matchmaster Dying & Finishing
Employee #1, a sanding machine operator for Match Master Dying and Finishing, Los Angeles, CA, was working in a 36 in. air pollution duct removing accumulated dust and lint. Approximately 40 ft away, a maintenance worker employed by the same company was cutting an access hatch using a grinder. The sparks from the grinder ignited the dust and lint, causing a flash fire. The fire engulfed Employee #1, causing second- and third-degree burns to his face, chest, arms, and leg. Paramedics transported him by ambulance to the hospital. The employer was cited for not having any written lockout procedure.
Keywords: burn, grinder, sanding machine, sawdust, work rules, fire, lockout, spark, combustible dust, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120052121 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous textile machine operators

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