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Accident: 201072956 - Employee Is Burned In Gas Explosion

Accident: 201072956 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/19/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081676405/22/20081799Farwest Insulation Contracting
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. Employee #1, with Farwest Insulation Contracting, was working on a ladder. He fell approximately 10 ft when the explosion occurred. Employee #1 was hospitalized for second- and third-degree burns.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, ladder, construction, natural gas, explosion, fall, gas leak, purging, thermal insulation
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 310816764 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Fireproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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