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Accident: 116297094 - Employee Dies Of Burns When Tallow Vapors Ignite

Accident: 116297094 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 03/09/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11629709403/09/19992899Twin Rivers Technologies, L. P.
Employee #1, a refinery technician, was preparing to reheat a pipe that contained hardened tallow that he had heated several minutes earlier. He was using a propane torch when a sudden failure in a valve seal occurred. The rapidly vaporizing liquid tallow was ignited by the torch, and Employee #1, who was standing on a platform 15 ft above the area where the valve failed, suffered second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent his body. He died on the morning of March 12, 1999, as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, propane torch, valve, seal, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116297094 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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