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Accident: 202473641 - Employee'S Face Is Burned By Hot Glue

Accident: 202473641 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 01/15/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30718360801/29/20072299Halex Corp.
On January 15, 2007, Employee #1 was working in the seam department at a carpet manufacturer, using a machine that melds glue, paper and a screen material together to form a tack strip. He was heating the glue using an oxy-acetylene torch. He had been instructed by his supervisor to use either a propane torch or an oxy-acetylene torch to heat the glue. Employee #1 was injured when the valve melted on the tube that he was heating, and hot glue sprayed onto his face. He was hospitalized for third-degree burns. The MSDS for the glue indicated that the softening point was 212 degrees Fahrenheit, with a flash point below 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Website information from the manufacturer of the oxy-acetylene torch indicated that it could reach temperatures between 5,800 and 6,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, glue, acetylene, work rules, torch, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307183608 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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