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Accident: 202544003 - Employee Suffers Burns In Propane Accident

Accident: 202544003 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 05/04/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31486225105/16/20121541Pro Mechanical
At approximately 9:10 a.m. on May 4, 2012, Employee #1, a general foreman, suffered first degree burns due to being exposed to a natural gas fire. Employee #1 was performing a regularly assigned task of using a propane torch in the attempt to heat seal pipe insulation tape. Employee #1 was insulating water pipe joints, by applying foam insulation to the joints, wrapping the insulation with heat activated tape, and applying heat to the tape with a propane torch. During this process a fire occurred, melting a one inch plastic natural gas pipe causing first degree burns to Employee #1's inner arms. Employee #1 was treated at the scene by paramedics and released.
Keywords: burn, fire, gas, torch, pipe, propane, arm
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314862251 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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