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Accident: 170697601 - Employee Severely Burned While Cleaning Boiler

Accident: 170697601 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 11/22/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11189985212/10/19912421Roseburg Forest Products
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1991, Employee #1, an on-call laborer for Roseburg Lumber Co., a sawmill/veneer mill in Weed, CA, was helping a coworker clean ash and clinkers from inside boiler #2's drop-out chamber. The chamber is about 7 ft wide by 17 ft long by 7 ft high and the only way to access it is through two 18 in. wide by 15 in. high man doors at ground level. The chamber was partially filled with hot ash. While the employees sprayed water on the ash to cool the surface before shoveling the ash out, exposed red hot material flamed up and filled the room filled with steam. Employee #1 was burned over 35 percent of his head, face, and body. The employer was cited a serious violation for no confined space entry testing, no hazard evaluation, inadequate training, and not requiring employees to wear protective equipment or clothing.
Keywords: burn, head, confined space, ppe, work rules, boiler, cleaning, steam, face, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111899852 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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