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Accident: 201495611 - Worker Is Burned When Paint Primer Ignites From Pilot Light

Accident: 201495611 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 03/28/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31507033407/19/20116531Summerfield Apartments
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 28, 2011, Employee #1, a 39-year-old male with Summerfield Apartments, was spraying an area under a water heater with a paint primer OKilza to kill mold and fungal growth underneath the water heater. Employee #1 did not shut off the pilot light which caused fire flash back with the open flame of the pilot light and the flammable vapor spay stream of the paint. Employee #1 suffered superficial first and second degree burns to his face, neck, and upper extremities. Employee #1 was transported to the Emergency Department of Community Regional Community Medical Center-Fresno via ambulance, where he was treated for his superficial burns. He was discharged home on March 29, 2011 in stable condition.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, shoulder, fire, spray painting, neck, arm, toxic fumes, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315070334 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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