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Accident: 170632228 - Employee Burned In Ethanol Explosion, Later Dies

Accident: 170632228 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 03/09/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11983191503/14/19963231Aci Distribution/California Glass
On March 9, 1996, Employee #1 was working in the manual glass cutting area of ACI Distribution/VVP America, Inc. The laminated glass panels consisted of two layers of glass separated by a vinyl layer. In preparation for cutting, the glass layers are scored; alcohol is then squirted from a secondary container along the score and ignited to melt the vinyl panel. Employee #1 was setting up the glass panels when a 1-gallon metal can labeled as denatured alcohol solvent (Sunnyside, 86 ethyl alcohol, Class I B flammable solvent), ignited and exploded. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body. He died on June 1, 1996, of multiple organ failure as a result of his injuries. Subsequent investigation revealed that the cap was on the can when it exploded, and that the enclosed vapor ignited through a 3/16 in. diameter hole made on the top of the can by a coworker about one or two weeks before the accident.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, inadequate maint, work rules, ethanol, explosion, combustible liquid, chemical vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119831915 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Hand cutting and trimming occupations

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