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Accident: 202471850 - Employee Is Burned While Operating Cutting Torch

Accident: 202471850 -- Report ID: 0950646 -- Event Date: 05/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482989606/07/20121781Zim Industries, Inc Dba Bakersfield Well & Pump Co
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 17, 2013, Employee #1, a supervisor and well driller with Zim Industries, Inc. Dba Bakersfield Well & Pump Company, began cutting a pipe with an oxygen-acetylene torch after he removed the cap from the well casing and marked the cut line. He was cutting the well casing to raise it for the pump pad. Then, a piece of slag fell in excess of 30 ft down into the well casing, igniting an unknown substance. This caused flames to rise to the top of the well. Employee #1 was leaning over the open well casing when flames hit him in the arms, neck and chest area. Employee #1 received flash burns to the face, neck, anterior torso and bilateral upper extremities. The well was not properly tested with a gas monitor prior to cutting the well casing. Employee #1 was not wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (a long sleeve shirt (cotton or FRC)); (leathers and welding gloves). Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: open flame, acetylene torch, forearm, torso, trench, undrgrd installation, chemical burn, neck, pipe, face
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314829896 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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