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Accident: 131802.015 - Employee Is Killed While Using Propane Torch To Unfreeze Wat

Accident: 131802.015 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 12/17/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1507063.01512/17/2020Orr Enterprises Inc.
At 8:15 a.m. on December 17, 2020, an employee used an open flame propane torch to unthaw a frozen valve on the vacuum transfer pump of a 70 barrel vacuum truck . The transfer pump contained flammable liquids. The employee was conducting wel l plugging operations at the time of the incident. The explosion caused the rear hatch of the vacuum truck to fly off, striking the employee in the face and che st area which killed him.
Keywords: chest, explosion, face, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, flying object, fracture, frozen, hatch, industrial truck, oil well drilling/servicing, propane torch, pump, struck by, tank, tank truck, vacuum vessel, valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1507063.015 34 M Fatality Drillers, oil well

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