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Accident: 170569024 - Fire - Fuel Leak Ignited By Turbine

Accident: 170569024 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 11/09/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12378215311/10/19944911Kentucky Utilities Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12378216111/10/19943511A B B Power Generation, Inc.

Employees #1 and #2 were inspecting a combustion turbine during a changeover from natural gas to diesel fuel oil. Employee #1 saw a leak and attempted to repair it with a wrench while the unit was still running. A pipe carrying fuel oil under pressure came loose and saturated Employee #1 with the fuel oil. The heat from the turbine ignited the fuel, causing a fire that engulfed Employee #1. Employee #2 tried to extinguish the fire on Employee #1 and suffered second-degree burns on his right hand. Employee #1 later died from his burns.

Keywords: leak, fuel oil, combustible liquid, pipe, burn, repair, fire, elec utility work, accidental discharge

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123782153 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 123782161 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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