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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14490759 - Employee Killed In Tank Truck Explosion

Accident: 14490759 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 10/04/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1814963310/04/19887699Domermuth Petroleum Equip. & Maint. Corp. Dba

Employee #1 was attempting to clean sludge from a tank truck that had contained flammable materials, such as gasoline or oil. Employee #1 was sitting on top of the truck with his feet dangling inside one of the hatch openings. He had a trouble light in the vicinity of the hatch opening and the nozzle end of a water pressure washer unit to clean the inside of the tank. When Employee #1 pulled the trigger of the nozzle, an explosion occurred that blew him through the roof of the building. Employee #1 was killed. Apparently, the tanker had not been ventilated to remove the flammable vapors, which, in combination with the water from the nozzle hitting the hot bulb of a non-explosion-proof trouble light, caused the explosion.

Keywords: tank truck, ventilation, flammable vapors, work rules, cleaning, lighting fixture, explosion, water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18149633 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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