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Accident: 202539870 - Employees Burned While Cleaning Asphalt From Truck

Accident: 202539870 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 10/24/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086918710/29/20084959La City Los Angeles World Airports
At approximately 2 p.m. on October 24, 2008, Employees #1 and #2 were at a dump site at the west end of the Los Angeles Airport runways. They were cleaning excess asphalt from the hopper of a patch truck they had used that morning. Employee #1 began by spraying diesel fuel on the hopper of the truck to loosen the asphalt off the hopper while Employee #2 was scraping the asphalt with a tool from the top. They both then proceeded to the ground near the rear of the truck. While Employee #1 was spraying the back end of the truck, a flash fire occurred, burning the hands and faces of both employees. Employee #1 was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, cleaning, fire, combustible liquid, flashback, face, spraying rig, hopper
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300869187 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
2 300869187 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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