A Sydney restaurant worker was rescued by his colleagues after catching fire when the cleaning product he was using to clean the floor ignited, forcing his team to turn on sprinklers to prevent his burns from getting worse
Quick-thinking colleagues of a restaurant worker who caught fire while cleaning the floor used sprinklers to prevent his burns from getting worse.
The 24-year-old worker was hospitalized in serious condition and placed in an induced coma after the incident, which left him with severe burns on 30% of his body, including his arms, face and chest, the Daily Mail reports .
Diners at On Sunset in the Parramatta borough of Sydney had to be evacuated on Tuesday night after a spark from a faulty dishwasher caused the cleaning product the man on the floor was using to ignite.
Colleagues are said to have used sprinklers to prevent the man’s burns from getting worse while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
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The employee was placed in an induced coma by paramedics before being taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The Lebanese restaurant incident also led to the evacuation of 150 people living in apartments above the venue.
“This patient was in significant pain when we arrived after suffering burns to about 30 per cent of his body,” New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Brian Parsell told the Daily Mail.
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He added: “We were able to stabilize the patient and place him in an induced coma at the scene before transporting him to Concord Hospital for further care.
“This is a reminder to the public of the dangers of working with commercial and domestic gases; we ask you to watch out for open flames and flammable liquids at all times.”
NSW Police and fire investigators carried out inquiries at the restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Safe Work NSW is also investigating the matter, with the fire believed to have been caused when a cleaning substance used by the man was ignited by a spark from a dishwasher with an electrical fault.