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Accident: 201580024 - Employee Dies Of Burns After Acetone Explosion

Accident: 201580024 -- Report ID: 1032300 -- Event Date: 04/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30118253104/21/19970919Destination, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30118254904/21/19973731White'S Marine Painting
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30118255604/21/19973731Nomad Construction
Employee #1, a painter with more than 20 years of experience and the owner of a sole proprietorship, sprayed a crab hold on a fishing vessel with between 3 and 5 gallons of acetone to settle the sandblasting dust and to dry the surface before painting. He then used a fan without a duct to blow air into the manhole opening in the hatch for an hour before entering the space. When Employee #1 turned on the shop vac, the acetone vapors in the space ignited, resulting in a fire and explosion that blew the hatch cover off the hold. He sustained third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, and his polyester coveralls were burned off. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died the following day.
Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, acetone, explosion, burn, vapor, ventilation, fire, spray painting, ship
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301182531 Occupation Not Listed
2 301182549 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Painters, construction and maintenance
3 301182556 Occupation Not Listed

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