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Accident: 118041.015 - One Employee Is Killed, Two Are Burned In Gas Explosion

Accident: 118041.015 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 07/15/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1416232.01507/15/2019Southern California Gas Company
At 12:15 p.m. on July 15, 2019, Employee #1, #2 and #3 were trying to stop a nat ural gas leak that was coming from the main line in the street into a pipe going into a residential house. The gas pipe was ruptured when it was struck by the s harp end of a 0.25 inch ground rod that had been hammered into the ground by a s olar power company. Employee #1 started digging with a shovel and Employee #2 wa s standing next to him. After few minutes, an explosion occurred inside the hous e and another explosion occurred inside the garage. The garage door flew away in front of the house. Employee #3 stated that he was thrown to the other side of the street due to impact and struck a black truck that was parked on the street. Employee #1 sustained burns and blunt force head trauma and was killed. Employe e #2 and #3 sustained burn injuries and were transported to a nearby medical cen ter, where they were hospitalized for over 24 hours.
Keywords: burn, explosion, head, leak, natural gas
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1416232.015 65 M Fatality Technicians, n.e.c.

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