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Accident: 115513.015 - Two Employees Are Injured When Vacuum Trailer Explodes

Accident: 115513.015 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 02/13/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1394409.01502/15/2019Stellar Field Service, Inc.
At 11:30 a.m. on February 13, 2019, Employee # 1 was using a propane torch (weed burner) to thaw a discharge valve on a vacuum trailer that had been frozen clos ed. The trailer had previously been used to haul production water (brine water). Employee #2 was working nearby. After applying the open flame to the valve fo r approximately 30 seconds the tank exploded. The explosion was presumably the r esult of over pressurization of the cargo tank as a result of the ignition of hy drocarbon vapors or gases that had remained in the tank after the last load of p roduction water had been emptied at a disposal site. Employee # 1 sustained burn s, bone fractures, and was struck by shrapnel. He was hospitalized at a burn tre atment center. Employee # 2 was struck by shrapnel. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, chemical vapor, explosion, flammable vapors, fracture, frozen, gas, high pressure, open flame, propane, propane torch, shrapnel, trailer, valve, vapor, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1394409.015 35 M Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, heavy
2 1394409.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, heavy

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