Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

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

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.