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Accident: 171059991 - Employee Burned When Hydraulic Fluid Ignites

Accident: 171059991 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 10/19/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30361168510/19/20003312Pacific States Cast & Pipe Co
Employee #1, an inspector at a pipe casting plant, was operating a pressure testing station on pipes of various sizes. A hydraulic hose ruptured next to the operator's station, atomizing fluid at 1,200 psi and spraying it directly at a gas-fired floor heater next to Employee #1. The cloud of hydraulic fluid ignited, and a large fireball engulfed an area of approximately 20 square feet. Employee #1 sustained severe burns on his back, ears, arms, and hands.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, heater, fire, hydraulic fluid, equipment failure, rupture, back, pressure piping, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303611685 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production inspectors, checkers and examiners

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