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Accident: 202539763 - Employee Is Burned In Flash Fire

Accident: 202539763 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 10/24/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086921111/04/20081611La City Public Works - Street Services
On October 24, 2008, Employee #1 and a coworker drove a Unitized Asphalt Patcher (Model Number 144-CS, Serial Number CS-2412-05) to Hollywood yard to empty it at the end of a workday. The function of this truck is to use hot asphalt to patch potholes. The vehicle includes a build-in emulsion tank with a spray hose for cleaning, a conveyor to roll asphalt out from the patcher, and two burners at the front end to maintain asphalt at a designed temperature. Employee #1 was at the back of the truck, and had operated the conveyor to empty excess asphalt from the patcher. He then used the hose to spray E-SOY from the emulsion tank to clean inside the patcher. While spraying the sides of the back door, a flash fire occurred. Employee #1 was transported to Cedar Sinai Hospital, and then transferred to USC Burn Center, where he was hospitalized for second-degree burns to his right arm, right ear, and right side of his face.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, cleaning, fire, combustible liquid, flashback, arm, face, spraying rig
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300869211 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Truck drivers, light FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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