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Accident: 170701692 - Employee Burned When Engine Backfires

Accident: 170701692 -- Report ID: 0950662 -- Event Date: 06/30/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12597621708/18/19983272Castle Manufacturing
Employee #1 was helping the mechanic foreman start the engine of a Chevrolet C-7 truck, CA license 3F39933, that had not been used for a long time. Employee #1 was on the engine, from which the air cleaner had been removed, manually operating the carburetor choke. The foreman was cranking over the motor when a backfire or explosion through the carburetor sprayed ignited fuel vapor on Employee #1. He sustained first- and second-degree burns on face, arms, and legs. The employer was in the business of cutting and casting cement.
Keywords: automotive repair, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, ignition system, carburetor, explosion, chemical burn, gasoline, accidental discharge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125976217 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Laborers, except construction

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