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Accident: 170706667 - Employee Burned In Flash Fire

Accident: 170706667 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 05/24/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11216132805/28/19931752Mmb Carpets
Employee #1 neglected to turn off the pilot on the water heater while he was using paint thinner and rags to clean a greasy floor so that linoleum flooring could be put down. As a result, a ball of flame came out from the bottom of the water heater and ignited the entire floor, as well as Employee #1's clothing and hands. He tried to run out of the room with the gallon can of thinner, but fell. The paint thinner set the stairs on fire. Employee #1 ran through the flames and rolled on the grass lawn outside to extinguish the flames. He suffered 2nd-degree burns on his face and both arms and hands, and 3rd-degree burns on his left leg.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, work rules, cleaning, fire, construction, paint solvent, face, water heater, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112161328 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.

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