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Accident: 202638235 - Worker Dies From Burns After Spark Ignites Cigarette Lighter

Accident: 202638235 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 03/28/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31745273804/08/20141541Carroll Construction
On March 28, 2014, Employee #1, working at a construction company's job site, was engaged in exterior carpentry. He was using a cutting torch. A spark from the torch fell into the worker's front pocket. The worker had a butane lighter in his pocket. The spark caused the lighter to explode, and the worker sustained severe burns. Emergency services were called. Either at the job site or subsequently at the hospital, the worker died from his burns. This fatality was investigated by Indiana OSHA. The investigation determined that there was no employer/employee relationship between the fatally injured worker and the construction company.
Keywords: burn, chest, butane, carpenter, fire, construction, torch, explosion, spark
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 50 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317452738 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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