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Worker Burned in Spray Painting Fire

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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A commercial painter has been severely injured in a flash fire that apparently erupted when paint vapors ignited at a clubhouse project in Las Vegas, according to reports.

The unidentified male victim suffered first- and second-degree burns on his arms and hands, according to local news reports.

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Fire & Rescue officials told the Las Vegas Sun that a fire started at 10:17 a.m. at the Queensridge Homeowners Association clubhouse building in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials told the Las Vegas Sun that a fire started at 10:17 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 11) at the Queensridge Homeowners Association building in western Las Vegas.

“A group of workers were painting the inside of the building with a commercial paint sprayer and had placed thin plastic sheets around the area to prevent overspray,” the report said.

Apparently, accumulated paint fumes were ignited by a pilot light inside a natural-gas fireplace in the building, the news bureau added.

Officials said the worker’s injuries were not life-threatening and the fire was accidental. The company he worked for was unidentified.

The flames were put out by a sprinkler system before firefighters arrived on the scene, the report said. The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the building, the report said.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Air spray; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Paint application; Painting Contractors; Spray Paint

Comment from john lienert, (12/17/2013, 11:06 AM)

guess no one told the morons that lacquer was flammable

Comment from Guus van Wyk, (12/28/2013, 3:56 PM)

Likely no waterbased paint (interior!!!) or exhaust mounted either.

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