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Accident: 202468682 - Employee'S Face Is Burned By Water Heater Fire

Accident: 202468682 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 11/17/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31243522512/17/20095984Suburban Propane, L.P.
On November, 17, 2009, Employee #1, from Suburban Propane LP delivered propane by truck to a residential home. Employee #1 had filled the 499-gallon propane tank located on the side of the house. He then attempted to light a hot water heater in the house (Automatic Storage Water Heater by Bradford White Corporation; Model Number M2AR75565X; Serial Number FA11471368; seventy-five gallon tank) when flames from the hot water heater flashed back into his face. There were no other employees present at the time of the injury, but the homeowner and the housekeeper witnessed the incident. Employee #1 sustained second degree burns to his face and was hospitalized for three days for treatment.
Keywords: burn, fire, hot water tank, propane, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312435225 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Truck drivers, light

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