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Inspection: 100345974 - Alliance Fluid Power, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Mobile

 

Inspection Nr: 100345974
Report ID: 0418600
Open Date: 07/21/1986

Site Address:
Alliance Fluid Power, Inc.
Ocean Marine, Inc., 315 Powell Ave.
Bayou La Batre, AL 36509

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 16784, Mobile, AL 36616

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:3731

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/25/1986

Planning Guide: Safety-Maritime

Emphasis:

Close Case:04/14/1987


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360712152
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $350 $0 $0 $0 $0 $350
Current Penalty $175 $0 $0 $0 $0 $175
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19150097 E 01/20/1987 01/27/1987 $175 $350 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14352918
Event: 07/21/1986
Employees Burned In Fire And Explosion On Ship Fuel Tank

TWO CONTRACTORS WERE WORKING INSIDE THE ENGINE ROOM OF A VESSEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE PORT AND STARBOARD FUEL TANKS HAD BEEN FILLED WITH 2000 GALLONS OF #2 DIESEL FUEL. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING AN OXYGEN-ACETYLENE WELDING TORCH TO HEAT A PLASTIC TUBE SO IT COULD BE STRETCHED TAUT BETWEEN FITTINGS ON THE PORT FUEL TANK. A STRUCTURAL ERROR HAD BEEN MADE ON THE PORT FUEL TANK DURING FABRICATION; THERE WAS A 3/4-INCH HOLE IN THE WALL OF THE FUEL TANK WHICH HAD NOT BEEN PLUGGED. THE EMPLOYEE APARENTLY RESTED HIS WELDING TORCH IN THE HOLE AND IT IGNITED THE DIESEL FUEL VAPORS INSIDE THE TANK, RESULTING IN A FIRE AND EXPLOSION. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF SEVERE BURNS. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURNS. EMPLOYEE #4 WAS TREATED FOR LACERATIONS AND RELEASED.

Keywords:leak, diesel fuel tank, flammable vapors, explosion, burn, acetylene torch, fire, ship

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100345974 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
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