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Accident: 201058153 - Employee'S Face Burned While Replacing Battery In Automobile

Accident: 201058153 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 11/02/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12022129611/06/20037539Pep Boys
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 2, 2003, Employee #1 was assigned to check and replace, if necessary, a faulty battery in a customer's van. Employee #1 was located in front of the van at the right side. The van was parked outside the entrance to Service Bay Number 3. During the procedure for installing the new battery, Employee #1 used an aerosol spray can of battery protection and sealer to coat the battery terminals and cable ends. During the procedure, Employee #1 inadvertently touched the metal can to one of the battery's terminals and also made contact with the van's fender. An electric current passed through the can, causing a puncture to the can. The contents vaporized and ignited in a flash fire. Employee #1 sustained first-and second-degree burns to his whole face, forehead, both ears and right hand. Employee #1 was taken to Sherman Oaks Burn Unit where he was hospitalized and treated for burns.
Keywords: battery, burn, automotive repair, fire, forehead, mechanic, ear, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120221296 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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