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Accident: 200381259 - Welder Torch Ignites Fuel And Burns Mechanic

Accident: 200381259 -- Report ID: 0336000 -- Event Date: 03/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31576563603/19/20127538Monro Muffler Brake, Inc Dba Monro Muffler Brake &
On March 19, 2012, Employee #1, a 35-year-old male Mechanic with Monro Muffler Brake Inc., was working on a fuel pump of a vehicle in bay-four. At the same time, a coworker was working on the shocks of a vehicle in bay-three. The coworker in bay-three was using a torch to heat a stuck bolt. At the same time Employee #1 was disconnecting the full fuel tank in order to access the fuel pump. As the tank was being lowered, fuel spilled onto the ground and the flammable vapors were ignited by the torch. The fire traveled back to employee #1 in bay-four. Employee #1 caught fire, dropped, and rolled on the ground. Employee #1 was transported to a local hospital where was evaluated. Employee #1 suffered second and third degree burns on the arms and additional burns on cheeks, ears, and legs. Employee #1 was then transferred to a burn center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Keywords: burn, fuel line, vapor, welder, welding, fuel oil, spark, arm, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315765636 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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