A boat repairman dies from burns received from a fire caused by an exploding battery.
NIOSH 2007 Nov; :1-9
A 68-year-old boat repairman died from burns he received from a fire caused by an exploding battery. The victim was connecting a battery charger to a battery when the battery exploded. The explosion started a fire that engulfed a boat and the victim. The victim was not wearing clothing or safety apparel appropriate for the work being done. The victim was alone in the shop at the time of the incident. The company had no documented safety or training programs available for the employees to follow. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees follow documented battery charging guidelines. 2. Ensure employee clothing and safety apparel is appropriate for the work being done. 3. Establish and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). 4. Establish and maintain training and testing programs that verify and document an employee's achievement of skills.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Safety-clothing; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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