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Accident: 201073160 - Employee Is Injured In Gas Explosion

Accident: 201073160 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/19/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081678005/19/20081542Khs&S Contractors
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 a carpentry subcontractor, was walking towards his vehicle in the parking garage when he was thrown by the force of the explosion and struck by falling debris. He was hospitalized at Scripps Hospital in San Diego for fractures of his clavicle, fingers, and heel.
Keywords: fracture, flammable vapors, collarbone, construction, natural gas, explosion, gas leak, purging, struck by, foot
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 31
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310816780 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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