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Accident: 668319 - Employee Burned When Propane Ignites

Accident: 668319 -- Report ID: 0112600 -- Event Date: 11/28/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10745299711/28/19901794R.W. Hultin Construction Co.
While operating an excavator, Employee #1 struck a propane tank and ruptured its filler pipe, which then started to leak. Employee #1 tried to stop the leak by placing the excavator bucket against it. As a result, the propane seeped into the excavator where either the hot engine or the electrical system ignited the propane, causing a massive fireball. Employee #1's clothing caught on fire and he jumped from the excavator. A coworker managed to extinguish the fire. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital with severe burns.
Keywords: burn, work rules, fire, construction, rupture, collision, excavator, pipe, propane, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107452997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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