Mechanic Killed Pouring Gasoline on Fire

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Oregon Health and Science University

Summary Statement

This Oregon FACE toolbox talk is about a 37-year-old field mechanic who died when he tried to stoke a warming fire with gasoline. The recommendations: 1. Never use gasoline or saw fuel near an open flame. 2. Make sure to use the correct materials to safely start and stoke a fire. For example, use a drip-torch with a mixture of diesel fuel and gasoline (ratio 3:1 or 4:1). 3. Make sure that employees understand that when pouring gasoline on an existing fire, a flame can travel up the stream into the container and explode. 4. Train employees on the hazards and safe procedures for starting and stoking fires.
March 2015