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Accident: 201502986 - Employees Burns Arm When Spray Glue Ignites

Accident: 201502986 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 08/13/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30113384908/20/20021521Best Heating & Air Conditioning
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on August 13, 2002, Employee #1, working with a heating and air conditioning contractor, was in the basement of a house. He was using an aerosol can of adhesive spray glue to install insulation over a wall covered with sheet metal. The foreman warned Employee #1 not to use the spray adhesive near open flames. Employee #1 dropped the aerosol spray can near a water heater, which had an exposed open flame pilot light. He was picking up the can when he inadvertently pushed in the spray nozzle, causing a burst of glue to spray at the pilot light. The glue ignited, engulfing Employee #1's right arm. The foreman witnessed the accident and extinguished the fire with a water hose. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns to his right forearm and was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, ignition system, construction, arm
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301133849 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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