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Accident: 202477055 - Employee Is Injuried When Burned In Underground Fire

Accident: 202477055 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 12/14/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266542512/14/20101623Tl Pavlich Construction Inc
At 8:00 a.m. on December 14, 2010, Employee #1, a welder, set up welding equipment on a construction worksite located on a public residential road in Montebello, California. Employee #1 set up the welding equipment inside a 30 in. concrete line steel pipe located 12 ft below grade. An overnight accumulation of methane was probably present in the soils of Montebello due to abandoned oil and gas wells in the area. Preentry purging of the air and air monitoring within the confined space was not conducted. The shield metal arc welding equipment sparked. The spark ignited flammable gases and caused a flash fire in the pipe. Employee #1 received second and third degree burns from the fire. Employee #1 was hospitalized for more than 24 hours and treated for his burns. That same day, Cal/OSHA received a report of the accident.
Keywords: burn, confined space, air monitoring, fire, welder, construction, natural gas, undrgrd installation, concrete pipe, purging
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312665425 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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