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Accident: 597831 - Two Employees Severely Burned In Propane Flash Fire

Accident: 597831 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 11/17/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10651412811/17/19932819Power Silicates, Inc.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on November 10, 1993, Employees #1 and #2 were lighting the pilot lights of the vaporizers on a propane fuel backup system for a plant furnace. After they had lighted four out of the five pilot lights, Employee #1 started to remove a faulty control valve from the fifth vaporizer without turning off the gas. The gas, which was under 125 psi, escaped and ignited. Employee #1 suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns to his hands and face. Employee #2 sustained 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns on his right hand.
Keywords: burn, furnace, pilot light, work rules, fire, gas, propane, face, gas fitting, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106514128 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 106514128 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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