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Accident: 200370542 - Two Employees Burned In Flash Fire On Boat

Accident: 200370542 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/05/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30244745309/01/19993732Key West Boats Inc.
Employee #1, age 20, was testing the controls of a newly manufactured boat that was about to be shipped. The boat had already been wiped down with acetone, which has a flashpoint of zero degrees F. Employee #1 had hooked up a Schumacher battery charger, model JE1010, to the control source terminals when he noticed the controls were not working. He was reaching into the bilge opening to check the bilge pump when a flash fire and explosion erupted. Employee #1 suffered second- and third-degree burns on his face, neck, and ear. Employee #2, who had been standing just outside the boat, sustained burns on his face and right arm.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, battery charger, fire, acetone, explosion, spark, arm, face, boat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302447453 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers
2 302447453 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers

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