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Accident: 200880185 - Employee Dies Of Burns After Floor Lacquer Ignites

Accident: 200880185 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 08/27/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10690085509/03/19981752Hardwood Floors By Steven Labeau
Employee #1, the sole proprietor of a hardwood flooring company, was contracted to refinish the floors in a second-floor apartment that was being rehabilitated. The prior tenant's animals had left urine stains on the hardwood floors, and he power-sanded all the floors before applying a lacquer finish to seal them. No ventilation was provided and the pilot light of a newly installed gas oven/range ignited the flammable vapors. Employee #1 sustained severe burns and was transported to a local burn center, where he died several days later. The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the lacquer finish listed it as a Class IB flammable liquid.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, ventilation, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, lacquer, work rules, fire, construction
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 106900855 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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