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Accident: 202338216 - Three Employees Burned By Flash Fire

Accident: 202338216 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 11/16/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30611483611/25/20023711Undercover Chassis, Inc.
On November 16, 2002, three employees were in the process of assembling a drag race car. The employees were testing the engine by squirting methanol into the carburetor using a dish soap type squirt bottle. While doing so, flammable vapors were allowed to accumulate. When the engine was cranked an "unconfined vapor cloud explosion" was caused, injuring all three employees, who were hospitalized with burns.
Keywords: burn, methyl alcohol, flammable vapors, fire, engine, flashback
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306114836 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Managers and administrators, n.e.c
2 306114836 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Managers and administrators, n.e.c
3 306114836 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations

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