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Accident: 202338232 - Two Employees Are Burned, One Dies When Acetone Ignites

Accident: 202338232 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 01/09/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30617569601/15/20037389Fox Fiberglass,Inc
On January 9, 2003, Employee #1, #2 and #3 were repairing the cracks in a fiberglass pool at a residential home. The repairs included applying a gel-coat, which required that acetone be hand wiped onto the pool surface. Several gallons of water had accumulated in the pool and a wet/dry vacuum was used to remove the water. Electrical sparks flew from the vacuum motor and ignited the acetone vapors, causing an explosion. All three employees were burned. Emergency services were contacted, and all three employees were transported to the hospital for treatment. Employee #3 was treated and was released. Employee #2 was hospitalized. Employee #1 died one week after being admitted.
Keywords: burn, repair, vapor, vacuum cleaner, acetone, explosion, pool, spark
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306175696 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 306175696 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 306175696 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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