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Accident: 170804983 - Employee Burned In Explosion When Gas Fumes Ignite

Accident: 170804983 -- Report ID: 1054191 -- Event Date: 08/21/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12472843708/28/19965541Space Age Fuels Inc
Employee #1 and a coworker, both maintenance mechanics, were working in a 30 in. by 36 in. manhole at a Space Age Fuel gas station in Gresham, OR. Employee #1 was trying to change a fuel pump, while the coworker watched from outside the manhole. Employee #1 was using an Allen wrench to loosen the bolts on the fuel pump lead when he apparently created a spark that ignited the gas fumes in the manhole, causing an explosion. Employee #1 suffered burns to his face, hands, arms, and legs. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital for treatment.
Keywords: burn, wrench, maintenance, vapor, flammable vapors, explosion, spark, chemical vapor, face, manhole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124728437 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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