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Accident: 97238.015 - Employee Sustains Burns When Spray Can Explodes

Accident: 97238.015 -- Report ID: 0352460 -- Event Date: 05/18/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1238752.01505/18/2017Crystal Edgerton
At 10:15 a.m. on May 18, 2017, Employee #1, a paving machine operator, was paving a residential asphalt driveway. An 18 ounce aerosol spray marking paint can was placed on the screed of the machine, next to where the employee was standing. The screed of the machine is heated by propane gas and becomes very hot when the machine is operated. After approximately 30 minutes on the machine, the spray can exploded. When the can exploded, it caught the bottom half of both of the employee's legs on fire. Employee #1 sustained second and third degree burns to his lower left leg and second degree burns on his lower left calf.
Keywords: spray painting, leg, asphalt, burn, fire, explosion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  Alteration or rehabilitation  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1238752.015 20 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Paving

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