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Accident: 14503783 - One Employee Dies, Another Severely Burned In Petroleum Fire

Accident: 14503783 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 04/21/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10310089704/21/19881799Aime International
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10310061604/21/19882911Derby Refining Co.

Employees #1 and #2, one an employee of Derby Refining, Co., the other an employee of ACME International, a subcontractor in Houston, TX, were about 16 ft above ground level installing a pancake blind in a 2 in. diameter slop oil line. The oil apparently sprayed out the open flange and onto Employees #1 and #2. It then contacted a hot metal surface and burst into flames, setting the employees' clothing on fire. Employee #2 jumped from the caged ladder to the ground. He sustained 3rd-degree burns over an estimated 80 to 85 percent of his body. Employee #1 managed to climb to a work platform 20 ft above ground level. He sustained 3rd-degree burns to an estimated 90 to 95 percent of his body and died later that day.

Keywords: burn, clothing, installing, flammable liquid, fire, construction, accidental discharge, high temperature

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103100897 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 103100616 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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