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Accident: 82559.015 - Employee Is Burned In Explosion And Later Dies

Accident: 82559.015 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 01/21/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1120227.01501/22/2016152192347 - Us Home Corporation Dba Lennar
On January 21, 2016, Employee #1 was informed there was a smell of gas in the air at the jobsite. The employee arrived at the jobsite and turned the gas off at the 500 gallon propane tank that had been placed there the previous day. The tank was hooked up to two small propane heaters that were placed in the basement of the house under construction. Employee #1 and another worker proceeded to the house and lifted a piece of plywood that was covering the access to the basement area. Upon lifting the plywood, the employee noticed and commented on the smell of gas being potent. Employee #1 descended the basement steps and observed that one of the propane heaters was not working and the other had a low pilot light. Employee #1 did not go any further into the basement, but as he was going up the stairs to get out of the area, a large explosion occurred engulfing him in fire. He died later the same day due to the severe burns he sustained.
Keywords: propane, burn, fire, gas leak, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1120227.015 35 M Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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