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Accident: 201070919 - Employee Is Burned When Vapors Ignite

Accident: 201070919 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 01/12/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30703682202/13/20072834B And C Nutritional Products
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 12, 2007, Employee #1 was working in the Coating Room of a nutritional products manufacturer. Employee #1 was applying an isopropyl alcohol based tablet sealer onto tablets that were inside a pill tumbler. The equipment used was a metal 10-gal drum with a lid, a metal 1-qt ladle, Chroma Seal coating, latex gloves, hair net and protective eye wear. A static charge built up on Employee #1 when he reached into the pill tumbler. He was injured when the static discharged when he contacted a plastic bucket, and the isopropyl vapors ignited, setting him on fire. A coworker used a portable fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames. Employee #1 was hospitalized for eight days for treatment of second-degree burns on his left and right arms, his neck and an ear.
Keywords: burn, static electricity, isopropyl alcohol, flammable vapors, ppe, fire extinguisher, ear, neck, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307036822 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Production helpers

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