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Accident: 200613081 - Roofer Suffers Burns When Splashed By Hot Tar

Accident: 200613081 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 12/28/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31158757012/29/20081761Dustin Balch D/B/A Dmb Roofing
On December 28, 2008, a roofer was using a tar kettle that was placed on the fire escape of the building he was working on. The lid to the kettle was open, and the worker was adding additional tar to it. The worker had not been adequately trained and was not aware that water was a problem if it got into the hot tar kettle. Water added to hot tar could result in a volcanic type eruption. The company was also unaware of the danger of water mixing with hot tar. It was raining lightly, and rain water started to run off the flat roof and into the open kettle. The tar splashed, burst into flame, and splattered. The worker stated that he was running the kettle at 500 degrees, according to the temperature gauge. Once the tar flashed over, it splattered onto the worker, who suffered second and third degree burns. The worker then jumped off the fire escape, since access to the interior of the building was blocked by the kettle. The worker ruptured three discs in his spine, as a result of the three story fall.
Keywords: spine, work rules, fire escape, rupture, roofer, fall, hot tar, untrained, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 6
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311587570 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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