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FL Painter Burned in Jobsite Accident

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating after a Florida painting and roofing contractor was injured Friday (Oct. 28) in a fire said to have been sparked by a paint spraying machine.

The victim has not been identified, but reports say he is in recovery.

The man and his coworker were cleaning out the sprayer when it became clogged and a fire erupted, causing the worker to catch fire, Action News Jax reported. According to witnesses, the victim rolled on the ground to put out the flames while his coworker turned off the machine and retrieved a fire extinguisher, the television station reported.

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The fire occurred at Manning Building Supply, in St. Augustine, FL.

The two were employed by St. Augustine-based A to Z Roofing and Waterproofing, according to a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who confirmed that the agency has opened a probe into the matter.

The fire itself occurred at Manning Building Supply, in St. Augustine.

A representative of A to Z did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday (Nov. 2).

'Severely Burned'

A witness told Action News Jax that the victim appeared to have suffered serious burns on his body.

“He had dropped and rolled and he already had himself out … but at least 50 percent of his body was already burned. Severely burned on his arms and chest and thighs,” the eyewitness said.

The man was reportedly flown to the University of Florida Health Burn Center. Reports from the scene do not indicate what specific type of spray machine reportedly sparked the blaze.

About A to Z

A to Z Roofing and Waterproofing is also referred to as A to Z Custom Homes on its website. In business for more than 19 years, the company performs roofing, painting, waterproofing, pressure washing, siding and other jobs for residential and commercial buildings.

OSHA’s online database shows two violations in recent years for A to Z Custom Homes. Both citations—one in 2014 and one in 2012—reference fall protection. The 2012 violation is listed as “serious,” with a fine of $2,000 paid; the 2014 violation, also listed as “serious,” carried a $1,600 fine, which was also paid.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial contractors; Fire; Good Technical Practice; North America; OSHA; Safety; Spray equipment

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