Restaurant worker’s burns prevented from worsening by colleagues with sprinklers

Quick thinking colleagues of a restaurant worker, who caught fire while cleaning the floor, used sprinklers to keep his burns from worsening.

The 24-year-old worker was in a serious condition in hospital and placed into an induced coma after the incident, which saw him suffering critical burns to 30% of his body including his arms, face and chest, the Daily Mail reports.

Diners at On Sunset in the Parramatta district of Sydney had to be evacuated on Tuesday night after a spark from a faulty dishwasher caused the cleaning agent the man was using on the floor to ignite.

Colleagues were said to have used sprinklers to try and keep the man's burns from worsening while they waited for emergency services to arrive.

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The employee was placed into an induced coma by paramedics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

The incident at the Lebanese restaurant also led to the evacuation of 150 people living in apartments above the venue.

“This patient was in significant pain when we arrived after having suffered burns to around 30% of his body," New South Wales ambulance inspector Brian Parsell told the Daily Mail.

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He added: “We were able to stabilise the patient and placed him into 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 present when working with commercial and domestic gases; we ask that you please take care around open flames and flammable liquids at all times.”

NSW Police and fire investigators carried out investigations at the restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Safe Work NSW is also investigating the matter, with the fire thought to have been caused when a cleaning substance being used by the man was ignited by a spark from a dishwasher with an electrical fault.

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