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Accident: 99666.015 - Employee Suffers Facial Burns From Hot Ball Bearing Grease

Accident: 99666.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 09/19/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1266762.01510/10/2017Precision Performance Auto Clinic
At 10:15 a.m. on September 19, 2017, Employee #1 was removing an upper ball joint on an automobile, using a hand tool as well as a gas torch for heat. The employee paused to review what was holding up the separation or removal, and lifted his face shield to take a closer look at the ball joint unit. While he was observing, the pressure buildup from the heat that he had applied, as well as the puller being used, resulted in the ball joint rupturing and emitting hot bearing grease. The heated grease struck him in the face, causing burns to his face and eyes. Employee #1 was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: struck by, torch, heat, air pressure, motor vehicle, hand tool, face, burn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1266762.015 25 M Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Technicians, n.e.c.

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