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Accident: 77651.015 - Worker Operating An Acetylene Torch Is Burned When Fumes Exp

Accident: 77651.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 01/22/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1026240.01502/02/2015Baraa A/C Heat & Refrigeration
At 3:15 p.m. on January 22, 2015, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by an air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration company, were working in the refrigeration room of a building under renovation. Employee #1 was operating an acetylene torch to sweat a fitting on a refrigeration unit. There were two gallon bottles of fuel to supply the torch. Employee #1 lit the torch and climbed onto a ladder when fumes in the room ignited. An explosion occurred. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was treated for third degree burns to his arms, neck, and head. Employee #1 was not hospitalized. The subsequent investigation revealed that both employees had been unaware of fumes in the refrigeration room.
Keywords: acetylene torch, neck, head, gas, arm, burn, compressed gas, explosion, construction, torch
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1026240.015 41 M Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics

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