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Accident: 909218 - Employee Burned And Cut In Laboratory Explosion

Accident: 909218 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 03/03/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12047670003/04/19934953Laidlaw Environmental Services (Field Serv.), Inc.
Employee #1, a lab technician, was attempting to categorize unknown lab quantity chemicals at a hazardous waste cleanup site so they could be properly disposed of. To determine the flammability of a small quantity of an unknown chemical, she used a hand held torch inside a lab hood. An explosion occurred, blowing out the front of the hood and causing burns and cuts to Employee #1 She was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, ppe, torch, explosion, laceration, chemical reaction, testing lab
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120476700 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Chemical technicians

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