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Accident: 201161866 - Employee'S Hand Injured In Chemistry Experiment

Accident: 201161866 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 07/21/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12605868408/15/20008211Crossroad School
On July 21, 2000, Employee #1, the summer school chemistry teacher at the Crossroad School, decided to conduct a combustion test experiment using rubbing alcohol and oxygen. He put 20 ml of alcohol in a 5-gallon plastic water container, added 5 liters of pure oxygen to the container, let the alcohol volatilize, and then dropped a lighted match into the container. The experiment was successful the first time, but on the second attempt, the top of the container blew off and struck Employee #1's left hand. His thumb was fractured and lacerated, and he sustained second-degree burns. He was transported by fire department paramedics to the Saint John's Hospital emergency room, where he was treated as an outpatient and released that same evening. Employee #1 later stated that the accident was due to his own negligence. He was able to resume his duties three days later.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, fracture, alcohol, flammable vapors, thumb, explosion, chemical reaction, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126058684 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemistry teachers

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