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Accident: 170892137 - Two Employees Burned When Spray Adhesive Ignites

Accident: 170892137 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/25/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12013219610/26/19941799P W Stephens Contractors Inc
Employees #1 and #2, who worked as a night shift asbestos abatement technicians for P.W. Stephens, were setting up a regulated area of plastic sheeting in the soffit, or loft, area. They were using a 12 oz can of adhesive Inline Superpolytack III spray glue when it came in contact with a halogen light. The can of glue exploded, resulting in a flash fire that ignited Employee #1's clothes. Employee #2 used a dry chemical extinguisher to put the fire out and then helped Employee #1 out of his Tyvek suit. Employee #1 was assisted out of the work area and transported to the UCSD Burn Center for treatment. Employee #2 also sustained burns in the accident. The spray glue was labeled as extremely flammable. The accident was the result of management allowing exposure of a flammable spray adhesive to unprotected hot lights.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable vapors, glue, work rules, fire, construction, explosion, lighting, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120132196 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 120132196 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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