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Accident: 170609622 - Employee Burned In Gasoline Explosion

Accident: 170609622 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 08/04/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12605461808/13/19977538Washington Auto Center
At 9:45 a.m. on August 4, 1997, Employee #1 was inspecting a car's engine that had died. To check the fuel line pressure, he disconnected a gasoline line and put in a pressure gauge. With the engine running, he got in the car and stepped on the gas pedal to evaluate the pressure. He then got out to read the pressure gauge under the hood. He found no pressure but instead that a tube had come off and that gasoline was flowing out. He tried to hold the gasoline in by squeezing the rubber or plastic tube, calling to a coworker to come and turn off the engine. There was an explosion and fire, and Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns on both lower arms and first-degree burns on his neck and head. He was hospitalized until August 12, 1997.
Keywords: burn, head, repair, automotive repair, flammable liquid, fire, explosion, automobile, neck, gasoline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126054618 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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