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Accident: 201495785 - Diesel Tank Ruptures, Striking And Killing Worker

Accident: 201495785 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 11/30/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31507291811/30/20110173Nichols Farms

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on November 30, 2011, Employee #1, a 51-year-old-male, General Field Laborer with Nichols Farms, located in Hanford CA, was working with two coworkers, emptying an old 1,000 gallon diesel tank that was scheduled to be removed. Employee #1 had hooked up a 125-psi air-compressor to assist emptying the diesel from the tank. The tank bulkhead ruptured from the pressure striking Employee #1 on the head. Employee #1 died as a result of this event.

Keywords: head, diesel fuel tank, cleaning, compressed air, tank cleaning, rupture, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315072918 Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction

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