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Accident: 742379 - Employee Hospitalized After Oil Tank Explosion

Accident: 742379 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 08/04/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447148708/10/19897359Abcv Rental Center

At 3:00 p.m. on August 4, 1989, Employee #1 wanted to weld angle iron to the feet of an old, 275 gallon fuel tank that had been used for storing oil, to prevent the feet from sinking into the asphalt in hot weather. Gasoline or thinner may have been mixed into the tank. Employee #1 emptied the tank but did not clean it because, he reasoned, the welding would be on the feet, which were 6 in. from the tank proper. With a coworker standing by, Employee #1, using a gasoline-powered electric welder, began to weld a 3 in. by 3 in. by 36 in. angle iron to the tank feet. The tank immediately exploded. Employee #1 suffered a concussion and a crushing injury to his right hand. The coworker escaped injury.

Keywords: work rules, oil tank, welder, storage tank, welding, explosion, combustible liquid, struck by, concussion, hand

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104471487 Hospitalized injury Concussion Sales support occupations, n.e.c.

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