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Accident: 802439 - Employee Burned Trying To Put Out Natural Gas Fire

Accident: 802439 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 01/09/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542197801/19/19886513Wright Management Services
A NATURAL GAS FIRE OCCURRED WHEN GAS LEAKING FROM A BREAK IN AN 8 INCH GAS LINE WAS IGNITED BY FLAMES IN THE BOILER FLAME BOX OR BY ELECTRICAL SHORTS IN THE WIRING LEADING TO THE BOILER. THE CAUSE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, EMPLOYEE #1 TRIED TO CLOSE A GAS LINE HAND VALVE, BUT SUCCEEDED ONLY IN ENLARGING THE BREAK. THE GALVANIZED GAS LINE BROKE BECAUSE IT WAS NOT SUFFICIENTLY BRACED TO PREVENT MOVEMENT AND FATIGUE TO THE METAL OF THE PIPE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR 4 DAYS WITH BURNS TO THE HANDS AND FACE.
Keywords: burn, work rules, fire, natural gas, gas leak, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105421978 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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