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Accident: 201166881 - Employee Is Burned In Propane Torch Accident

Accident: 201166881 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 04/13/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615533204/22/20056531Jack & Janna Stern Dba Janna Holdings, Lp
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on April 13, 2005, a maintenance employee, Employee #1, was doing some plumbing work in a small crawl space under an apartment in Pacific Palisades, California. Employee #1 was using a Benz-O-Matic welding torch that used MAPP gas to join copper pipes. When Employee#1 ignited his torch, an explosion occurred and the ensuing fire engulfed him. Another maintenance employee, Employee #2, was present at the site, but was outside the fire area. When the incident occurred, Employee #1 immediately got out of the crawl space and Employee #2 and the tenant of the apartment hosed him down with water. The LA Fire Department responded to the fire. Employee #1 suffered second- and third-degree burns over his entire body, and was hospitalized for approximately 25 days.
Keywords: burn, maintenance, flammable vapors, fire, torso, explosion, plumbing, skin, crawl space
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126155332 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Painters, construction and maintenance

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