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Accident: 202313011 - Employee Burned By Hot Asphalt When Kettle Gasket Fails

Accident: 202313011 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 06/27/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11969033707/17/20011761Shelton Roofing
On June 27, 2001, Employee #1 and two coworkers were removing, cleaning, preparing, and sealing with hot asphalt the skylights at a shopping center. Employee #1 was on the ground attending the recirculation valve on a kettle of hot asphalt and a 20 ft long pipe that was to deliver the hot asphalt to the roof. He was also assigned to keep pedestrians away from the setup. After the kettle was ignited and the thermostat set between 450 and 500 degrees F, a coworker on the roof pulled on a rope attached to the recirculation valve lever to start the hot asphalt pumping through the pipe. Employee #1 was standing approximately 24 in. to 36 in. from the kettle when the gasket failed on the recirculation valve and he was sprayed by hot asphalt. He sustained burns, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, roof, gasket, construction, equipment failure, hot asphalt, valve, accidental discharge, high temperature
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Other Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119690337 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Other

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