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Accident: 202341558 - One Employee Dies; Two Are Injured In Explosion

Accident: 202341558 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 06/06/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31001792606/06/20061799J.M. Pereira And Sons, Inc.
On June 6, 2006, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were engaged in spraying highly flammable waterproofing liquid onto the walls of a small concrete pool, located in the basement of a private home. The waterproofing liquid was designed to be used on the exterior walls of foundations in open air. Somehow the liquid ignited in the basement, and the vapors throughout the rest of house exploded, blowing out windows and cracking an exterior wall at ground level. Employee #1 was killed, and Employees #2 and #3 were seriously burned. Employee #2 and #3 were hospitalized for their injuries, and Employee #3 died six weeks later.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable liquid, explosion, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310017926 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Waterproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 310017926 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Waterproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 310017926 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Waterproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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