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Accident: 202718656 - Employee Receives Burns From Being Splashed By Hot Tar

Accident: 202718656 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/08/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31621330508/23/20131761Desert Valley Construction & Roofing
On August 8, 2013, an employee was working on the roof of the two-story building behind the chimney near the air conditioning units. The employee partially fell through the deteriorated roof and through the drywall ceiling of an apartment unit while carrying two 5-gallon pails, one in each hand, of hot tar pitch. The contents of the pails spilled out, when a one by six deck piece of the wood frame underneath fragmented from stepping on to it. As a result, the employee sustained serious burn injuries to his hands and face from being splashed with the hot tar pitch roofing material. The employee was airlifted from the Hospital where he was initially taken to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was admitted and treated. The employee was discharged from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on August 26, 2013.
Keywords: coal tar pitch, construction, fall, spill, face, hand, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 2 24
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316213305 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:1
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall, other

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