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Accident: 201072501 - Employees Are Burned In Gas Explosion

Accident: 201072501 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/19/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081671505/19/20081791Sherwood Mechanical Inc
On May 19, 2008, an explosion occurred in the fifth floor mechanical room of a 31-story Hilton Hotel under construction. Pipe unions had been left open following the purging of gas lines, allowing natural gas to escape and fuel the explosion. Employees #1 and #2, with Sherwood Mechanical, Inc., were preparing to start up Raypac water heaters (Model Number WH7-0753, Serial Numbers 0703264044/45/46/47/48/49). Both were hospitalized at the UCSD Burn Center for unspecified burns.
Keywords: burn, installing, flammable vapors, construction, natural gas, explosion, gas leak, pipe, purging, water heater
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 31
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310816715 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 310816715 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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