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Accident: 202540910 - Accumulating Propane Causes Flash Fire, Worker Is Burned

Accident: 202540910 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 06/30/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615401207/07/20095812Fresh Cut Studio Catering
At 12:40 p.m. on June 30, 2009, a worker was employed by CAPS Inc., at a filming studio located in Los Angeles, CA. The company was in the catering business and specialized in providing meals to film crews on remote locations. They hired the staff from the craft union hall on a per diem basis. The worker had been hired for the day as a chef. When he went to light the burners on a propane heated steam table, the chef stated that a valve was stuck, and as soon as he connected the propane tank, the propane began to flow. By the time he walked to the rear of the table, enough fuel had built-up, that when he introduced an ignition source it created a flashback. The chef received first- and second-degree burns to his face, eyes, and parts of his arms. He was initially taken to a local hospital and was then transferred to a burn center, where he was treated and released the same day.
Keywords: burn, eye, stuck, equipment failure, gas, valve, flashback, propane, arm, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126154012 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Short-order cooks

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