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Accident: 171038474 - Two Employees Burned When Propane Heating System Explodes

Accident: 171038474 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 03/25/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11515576403/25/19980175Roza Investment Co Dba Ric Orchard
Employees #1 and #2 were starting up the orchard heating system because of the cold weather. Employee #1 turned on the propane valve to the main line and noted the pressure, but no propane was in the tubing connecting the heaters. Employees #1 and #2 checked the tubing and about 4 minutes later returned to the main valve to try again. When they did this, a wall of flame enveloped both workers. They were able to get away quickly, but Employee #1 suffered burns to his face and hands, which healed without further problems. Employee #2 suffered burns to his hands, which required skin grafts on his right hand.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable vapors, agriculture, fire, explosion, valve, propane, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115155764 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 115155764 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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