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Paint store fire kills owner and employee.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1984 Sep; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00217769
Abstract
On June 11, 1984 a paint store owner and an employee received fatal burns while attempting to extinguish a fire in the storage/mixing room of the paint store. A paddle mixer malfunctioned after the owner tripped over its wire; after it was repaired the mixer began sparking and ignited open cans of paint. The owner tried to extinguish the flames with a malfunctioning fire extinguisher. The storage room and the owner were suddenly engulfed in flames. An employee rushed into the storage room, apparently to aid the owner. Both the owner and the employee received second and third degree burns to over 90% of their bodies, and died within a week. It was concluded that vapors from a thinning/drying agent that was present in the room along with vapors from four open 5 gallon buckets of paint may have contributed to the flash of the fire. In addition, improperly stacked supplies appeared to have been knocked over and contributed to the spread of the fire as well as impeding the escape of the trapped workers. The most important contributing factors were identified as the cord from the mixer which was a tripping hazard and caused the initial mixer malfunction, the nonuse of splash shields over open buckets of paints being mixed, improper storage, and the lack of a fire prevention and fire emergency plan.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-84-016; Accident-analysis; Paint-shops; Paint-thinners; Fire-hazards; Solvents; Retail-workers
Publication Date
19840901
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-151453
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-84-16
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-44
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-84-016, 5 pages
State
GA; WV
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