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Accident: 121458.015 - Employee Is Burned And Killed In Tanker Truck Explosion

Accident: 121458.015 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 11/05/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1443209.01511/06/2019Sunburst Transportation, Llc

At 5:48 a.m. on November 5, 2019, an employee was working for a long-distance tr ucking firm that hauled refined fuel products. He was pumping fuel from a portab le tank back into his tanker truck by top-loading. The fuel involved was a mixtu re of gasoline and diesel fuel. The employee was on top of the pump truck checki ng tank Number 3, when vapor from tank Number 3 flashed into flames. The employe e caught on fire, and he was thrown from the top of the truck. The flash fire th en spread to tank Number 4, which was open. Tank Number 4 ignited. An explosion followed; this explosion ruptured the side of tank Number 4. Ignited fuel from t ank Number 4 then spilled out onto the employee, saturating him with fuel. He su stained third-degree burns to his face and hands and second-degree burns on the rest of his body. He was killed.

Keywords: burn, diesel fuel tank, explosion, face, fire, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, fuel truck, gasoline, hand, tank truck, truck, truck driver

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1443209.015 40 M Fatality Truck drivers, light

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