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Accident: 128651.015 - Employee Incurs Many Injuries In Explosion Welding Tanker

Accident: 128651.015 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 08/14/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1488272.01508/14/2020C. H. Bradshaw Co., Inc.
At 1:25 p.m. on August 14, 2020, an employee was tasked to repair a leak on an a luminum tanker truck that previously hauled gasoline and diesel fuel. The tanker had a 700 gallon gasoline tank and a 3,000 gallon diesel tank. The leak occurre d in the dead air space cavity between the two tanks. The truck was pre-cleaned and had just been delivered to the shop from a third party steaming service. The employee opened up the manhole covers and determined that the dead air space ha d a strong smell of fuel vapors. The employer directed the employee to resteam t he tanks and dead air space with the shop's steaming system. The employee perfor med steaming in the tanks and brought the tanker back into the building. The emp loyee pressurized the dead air space with compressed air and soaped down the fro nt head of the rear tank to identify the leak location. The employee removed a s upport pad with a grinding wheel to access a cracked weld. The employee prepared the cracked area with the grinder and began to perform welding over the cracked area when an explosion occurred within the dead air space cavity. The force fro m the explosion caused the front head of the rear tank to blow out toward the em ployee. The employee was propelled to the back of the tank and was rendered unco nscious. A coworker called 911 and the fire department had to cut a hole in the side of the tank to extract the employee. The employee was hospitalized for over two months to treat traumatic brain injuries, multiple broken ribs, a broken ri ght clavicle, lacerations and bruising.
Keywords: abdomen, air pressure, blunt force, blunt force trauma, broken weld, caught in, chemical, chemical vapor, chest, compressed air, concussion, confined space, contusion, diesel fuel tank, diesel truck, explosion, face,
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1488272.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Welders and cutters

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