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Accident: 202529343 - Employee Is Burned While Cutting Top Off Drum

Accident: 202529343 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 01/15/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30991231902/02/20093441Harbor Ornamental Inc.
At approximately 10:00 a.m., on January 15, 2009, Employee #1 was using an oxy-acetylene torch to cut the top off of a 55 gallon drum. The torch ignited the atmosphere in the drum, resulting in a flash fire. Employee #1's T-shirt and apron were ignited by the flash fire, and Employee #1 endured first and second-degree burns to his torso, arms and face. Employee #1 was further injured as he attempted to remove the burning clothing from his body. A coworker came to his aid and extinguished the burning clothing. Employee #1 was hospitalized at Torrance Memorial Medical Center to treat the burns on the right side of his torso, both arms and face.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, drum, fire, torso, torch, arm, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309912319 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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