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Accident: 759001 - One Employee Killed And One Injured In Used Tank Explosion

Accident: 759001 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 11/02/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10394497111/02/19883443Tanks Unlimited Inc

Employees #1 and #2 were using oxygen and propane to cut two used tanks, a 6,000 and an 8,000 gallon, which had been in gasoline storage service. Another 6,000 gallon used tank, which had also been in gasoline storage service, exploded and struck Employee #1's tank, which moved 7 ft to the west. Employees #1's tank struck him and propelled him into the rear of a wrecker truck with cylinders in the horizontal position. The wrecker truck was pushed 12 in. to the west. Employee #1 died instantly of multiple injuries. Employee #2 was knocked to the ground, treated for shock at the work site, and released. The tanks were not purged and cutting was performed in the presence of flammable vapors.

Keywords: fracture, shock, flammable vapors, work rules, storage tank, propane torch, explosion, struck by, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103944971 Fatality Fracture Welders and cutters
2 103944971 Non Hospitalized injury Other Welders and cutters

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