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Inspection: 310199898 - J G Boswell

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 310199898Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 01/08/2008

J G Boswell
Bear Mountain Blvd And Coles Levee
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0722/Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
NAICS: 115113/ Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
Mailing: P O Box 9759, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/01/2008
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:02/07/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202465605Event: 10/30/2007Employees Suffer Severe Burns In Explosion
At 5:30 p.m. on October 30, 2007, Employee #1 was observing the cotton tractor in the field when he noticed smoke in the engine. Employee #1 told the Employee #2 operator to get off the cotton tractor because there was smoke coming out of the engine. Employee #3, the supervisor, instructed Employee #2 to off load the cotton basket from the tractor so it would not burn. Employee #2 climbed the tractor cab and turned the engine key to off, and unloaded the cotton basket. The cotton basket caught fire and exploded into a ball of fire. Employee #2 jumped off the cotton tractor to the ground and was slightly burned in the face, nose and eyelids, while Employee #1 was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital where he was diagnosed with first degree burns to his nose, eyelids, and face. Employee #3 called the fire department and paramedics.
Keywords: burn, fire, explosion, smoke, tractor, cotton, smoke inhalation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310199898 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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