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Accident: 201344595 - Employee Is Burned, Later Dies When Scalded With Hot Water

Accident: 201344595 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 08/29/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31078047309/19/20077542Lds Express Inc.
At 11:05 a.m. on August 29, 2007, Employee #1 was cleaning a semi tanker trailer used to haul tallow. The cleaning process involves using hot water of approximately 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Employee #1 was disconnecting the water hose from the tanker, when the water hose belched back the scalding water. Employee #1 was wearing knee-high rubber boots, with his pant legs tucked inside them. When the water belched back, it quickly accumulated in his boots, scalding both of his feet and ankles. Emergency services were immediately called. Employee #1 was taken to the burn unit at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, where Employee #1 was treated for his burns. Employee #1 was released from the hospital and was at home recovering when, on September 16, 2007, he started experiencing difficulty breathing. Emergency services were called to his residence. Employee #1 was transported to a local hospital, where he died on September 16, 2007, caused by a massive bilateral pulmonary emboli.
Keywords: burn, tank truck, cleaning, hose, pulmonary embolism, ankle, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310780473 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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