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Accident: 14354443 - Employee Dies In Gas Tank Explosion

Accident: 14354443 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 11/16/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11006086012/06/19905093International Metal Recycling Company Inc.

Employee #1 was told to cut up a boat gas tank that had been purged previously and that someone had already started to cut. Apparently, no one knew there was a false bottom in the tank that had never been purged and that was filled with gas and fumes. The employee lit an oxyacetylene torch and started to cut, and the tank exploded, shooting up flames that completely engulfed his body. The employee ran across 27th Street to the office where a coworker was located. The coworker put out the fire with an extinguisher. As he started to dial 911, the employee burst into flames again and died.

Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, fire, explosion, toxic fumes, gasoline, tank, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110060860 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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