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Accident: 201101789 - Two Employees Injured In Explosion And Flash Fire

Accident: 201101789 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 09/06/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12569422409/27/20000761Spaich Brothers
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on September 6, 2000, Employee #1 attempted to relight the pilot light of a burner assembly used for drying prunes in a building stall configured as an oven. The pilot light had been out for at least twenty minutes. As Employee #2 looked on, Employee #1 entered the stall (oven) and, as he lifted a lighted rod into the chamber on the second level, an explosion occurred and a fireball and flareback pushed both employees backwards and set their clothes on fire. Two other employees rushed over to help the burning employees. The employees were not trained on the proper relighting procedures and the proper procedures were not posted. Both employees were hospitalized for burns.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, oven, fire, explosion, flashback, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125694224 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Roasting and baking machine operators, food
2 125694224 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Roasting and baking machine operators, food

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