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Accident: 202692570 - Refrigerator Repair Worker Is Burned In Chemical Explosion

Accident: 202692570 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 03/25/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31670390903/25/20141711Rv Tech Refrigeration
On March 25, 2014, Employee #1, a volunteer for Rv Tech Refrigeration, was repairing a refrigerator at a road maintenance work project. As he drilled into the refrigerator, the drill struck a coil, releasing ammonia. The drill ignited, and Employee #1 sustained chemical burns on both hands and his face. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted and treated. This event was investigated by Cal/OSHA.
Keywords: burn, repair, drill operator, ammonia, fire, construction, chemical burn, refrigerator, face, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316703909 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Household appliance and power tool repairers

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