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Accident: 200960284 - Employee Burned When Gasoline Spills And Ignites

Accident: 200960284 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 07/26/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12736671407/26/19961799Drive-Con, Inc.
Employee #1, the parts manager, and a coworker were trying to start a car in the employer's garage. when the car backfired, igniting a plastic lid containing gasoline that Employee #1 was holding. Employee #1 had poured gas into the carburetor from a plastic aerosol spray paint can. He told the coworker to start the car, and then stepped away from the engine. The car backfired, startling Employee #1, and the gas either spilled and ignited or ignited and then spilled onto him. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 18 percent of his body, mostly on the left side. Neither employee had been assigned to start the car, but they had taken it upon themselves. Employee #1 should not have been holding the gasoline container while the coworker started the car.
Keywords: burn, automotive repair, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, construction, automobile, spill, gasoline, gas can
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 127366714 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Stock and inventory clerks

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