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Accident: 202686952 - Lift Propane Tank Ruptures, Ignites And Burns Worker

Accident: 202686952 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 07/31/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31621315608/12/20131541Mechanical Industries Inc
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2013, Employee #1, a 49-year-old male with Mechanical Industries Inc. of Bakersfield, California, was standing on a scissor lift with his torch. The propane tank used to power the scissor lift (Genie number GY061164, GS-2668-RT) was struck by a falling metal angle, end section of a metal ledger that had been cut by Employee #1 with a torch. The escaped gas from the propane tank ignited and caught on fire and the fire billowed up towards the platform of the scissor lift. Employee #1 attempted to get down from the scissor lift. As the controls was affected by the fire, Employee #1 realized that he could not access anything to lower himself down, so he decided to jump to the ground. Employee #1 injured his legs when he landed on the ground and sustained a left leg fracture. Employee #1 also sustained multiple burns from the propane fire. Coworkers summoned Emergency Medical Services, and Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to a nearby area, where he was then airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Employee #1 was hospitalized for a period of five days.
Keywords: burn, fracture, rupture, propane, elevated work plat, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316213156 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Welding/Burning/Grindi
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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