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Accident: 202556080 - Gasoline Soaked Rag Ignites, Burns Auto Mechanic

Accident: 202556080 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 05/01/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31553394305/10/20137539Pch Garage
At approximately 3:18 p.m. on May 1, 2013, Employee #1, a 32-year-old male auto mechanic with Pch Garage an automobile repair shop in Sunset Beach, California was trouble shooting the fuel injection system of a 1987 BMW sedan when a piece of gasoline soaked rag he had in his possession ignited. Employee #1 was determined to have checked the alternator with a pressure regulator when he asked a coworker to turn on the ignition trigging the fire. The gasoline vapor was suspected to have exceeded the lower explosive limit at the time when the ignition was turned on resulting in a fire. Employee #1 was taken to UCI Burn Center where he was admitted for treatment of unspecified burn injuries.
Keywords: burn, vapor, automotive repair, fire, mechanic, gas, automobile, spark, gasoline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315533943 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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