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Accident: 825687 - Employee Burned When Ethanol Phenol Vapors Ignite

Accident: 825687 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 05/03/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10436021905/03/19893273Fairfax Concrete Products Inc
Employee #1 was using water to clean out a 2,800 gallon stainless steel blending tank. The tank had contained a mixture of ethanol phenol. A static charge apparently ignited the flammable vapors at or near the top of the tank, which resulted in an explosion and flash fire. Employee #1's gloves and clothing ignited and he sustained first- and second-degree burns on his hands, arms, neck, and face. Employee #1 was wearing safety goggles, a vinyl apron, and gloves.
Keywords: burn, clothing, static electricity, flammable vapors, cleaning, fire, ethanol, explosion, neck, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104360219 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators

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