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Accident: 202539730 - Employee In Trench Is Injured By Gas Explosion

Accident: 202539730 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/22/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086939312/03/20081522Brownco Construction Company Inc
At approximately 12:20 p.m., on November 22, 2008, Employee #1 was a construction laborer for the Brownco Construction Company., Inc. He was cutting a piece of rebar in a trench, using a Makita 4-1/2 in. grinder. He was standing in the trench that was approximately 2.5 to 3 ft deep. Employee #1 was injured when natural gas exploded in the trench after being ignited by a spark from the grinding. He was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Hospital for treatment of first and second degree burns to his face and ears.
Keywords: burn, grinder, head, flammable vapors, ear, trench, gas, explosion, face, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300869393 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Erection of coffer dams, caissons
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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