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Accident: 201058344 - Employee Killed When Flammable Vapors Explode

Accident: 201058344 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 03/16/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30716058003/24/20041521Mcwong Holding Co
At approximately 3:40 p.m. on March 16, 2004, Employee #1 was painting the interior of a house. He was cleaning his paint sprayer with lacquer thinner in the kitchen and dinning areas. The concentration of the flammable vapors reached the explosive range due to inadequate ventilation. An ignition source ignited the vapors causing an explosion and fire. Employee #1 suffered second and third degree burns over seventy percent of his body and died at the hospital.
Keywords: ventilation, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, cleaning, fire, spray painting, paint, explosion, painter
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 26 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307160580 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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