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Mechanic killed pouring gasoline on fire.
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Portland, OR: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, OR 2006-01, 2008 Aug; :1-5
On January 9, 2006, a 37-year-old field mechanic for a logging company was killed when he tried to stoke a warming fire by pouring gasoline on it. The mechanic and a coworker arrived at a logging site at 7 a.m. to perform maintenance on a log-loading machine. The weather was cold and rainy, and the coworker started a warming fire, using a combination of diesel fuel and chainsaw gasoline. About 8 a.m., the coworker left to call for parts on a cell phone. He returned about 15 minutes later and found themechanic lying 35 feet from the warming fire, engulfed in flames. Another fire, about 20 feet from the warming fire, was found to be caused by a burning 5-gallon plastic gasoline container. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Work-operations; Fire-safety; Fire-hazards
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park, L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
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Mechanic Killed Pouring Gasoline on Fire
Oregon Health and Science University
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