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Accident: 202542924 - Employee Is Injured By Combustible Explosion

Accident: 202542924 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 01/09/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31485754102/03/20119224La City Fire Stn 1
On January 9, 2011, Employee #1, Fire Captain and three other firefighters of LA City Fire Station, arrived on scene with Engine #1, where a 2000 Chevy Impala was fully engulfed in a fire. The dashboard and the steering column areas of the vehicle had water reactive combustible metals (possibly magnesium). Employee # 1 applied a stream of water to the dashboard of the vehicle in attempt to extinguish a flare up on the driver side compartment. An explosive reaction occurred, accompanied with a loud boom sound, Employee # 1 was thrown back and fell on his head from the impact of the explosion. Employee # 1 was transported to LAC and USC Medical Center for treatment of a parafalcine subdural hematoma, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, and parietal skull fracture (internal head injuries).
Keywords: fracture, head, vehicle, fire, explosion, skull, combustible liquid, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314857541 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa

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