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Accident: 202655239 - Employee Is Burned When Power Tool Ignites Clothing

Accident: 202655239 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 06/30/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31620860207/17/20120782Cole Burr
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on June 30, 2012, Employee #1 was making repairs on a leaf blower. He was the grounds and maintenance man on a 30-acre private residence estate. The blower was sparking. Employee #1 took an electrical cord from another piece of yard equipment (a roto-tiller) and used gasoline as a solvent to clean the components of the leaf blower. His clothing was saturated with gasoline from cleaning the blower. As he started the leaf blower, the sparkplug emitted a spark that ignited his clothing. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns on approximately 40 percent of his body. He was transported to a medical center, where he was admitted to the burn ward. Employee #1 underwent burn treatment and was then hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, clothing, hand tool
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316208602 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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