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Accident: 171057136 - Employee Burned When Spilled Gasoline Ignites

Accident: 171057136 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 11/16/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12679604411/27/19985511Young Chevrolet Company
Employee #1, a technician, was installing an internal fuel pump in a 1990 Astro van fuel tank. The van was on an elevated lift to facilitate removal of the fuel tank. During the process of disconnecting the fuel lines, gasoline and gasoline vapors were released onto Employee #1's clothing and the shop's floor. At the same time in the next stall, a subcontractor hired to remove an in-ground car lift system lit an open-flame welding torch to cut off a cylinder. The gasoline vapors and raw fuel ignited, and both Employee #1 and the van caught on fire. Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. The gasoline tank had not been purged of fuel before it was removed.
Keywords: burn, open flame, automotive repair, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, welding, spill, gasoline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126796044 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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