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Accident: 201057031 - Employee Burns Hands And Arms Cutting With Acetylene Torch

Accident: 201057031 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 11/13/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30078061612/09/20021771Guy Yocom Construction
On November 13, 2002, Employee #1 was using an acetylene torch to cut a metal template in a pit. As Employee #1 reached the end of the template, a fire erupted. Employee #1 dropped the acetylene torch and climbed out of the pit. A can of lacquer spray was found under the template. The can of lacquer spray became ignited by the torch. Employee #1 sustained first, second, and third degree burns to his arms and hands as a result of the fire. Employee #1 was not wearing gloves at the time of the accident. The employee was initally hospitalized at Pasadena Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Grossman Burn Center for at least two days for treatment.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, lacquer, work rules, pit, arm, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300780616 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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