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Accident: 202358008 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion While Cutting Tank

Accident: 202358008 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 08/30/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30872161208/30/20054212Renehan'S Transport, Inc.

Employee #1 was on the top of a tankard truck, approximately 12 feet 2 inches above the ground, and was using a plasma torch to remove the dome from the back of the truck when the tank exploded. He was thrown 38 feet, struck a van, and was killed. The truck had previously been used to carry No. 2 diesel fuel (kerosene). After investigation, it is believed that sparks or heat from the plasma cutter ignited residual fuel vapors in the tank and caused the explosion.

Keywords: vapor, diesel fuel tank, torch, explosion, spark, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308721612 Fatality Other Welders and cutters

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