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Accident: 14217368 - Confined Space Asphyxiation; Tank Explosion

Accident: 14217368 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 11/15/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1459817111/16/19849224City Of Phoenix Fire Department
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1460708911/15/19845172Western States Petroleum Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1460873111/16/19849224City Of Phoenix Fire Dept
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1459819711/15/19845172Western States Petroleum Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1459817111/16/19849224City Of Phoenix Fire Department
EMPLOYEE #1 ENTERED AN EMPTY 10,000 GALLON STORAGE TANK TO CLEAN IT. THE TANK HAD CONTAINED TOLUENE, AND HAD BEEN EMPTY FOR ALMOST 8 HOURS. EMPLOYEE #1 COLLAPSED AND FELL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK. HE WAS NOT WEARING A SCBA OR A HARNESS. THE PHOENIX FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO THE RESCUE. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT USED A K-12 GASOLINE SAW WITH A METAL BLADE TO CUT AN OPENING IN THE SIDE OF THE TANK. TWO VERTICAL CUTS WERE COMPLETED. THE THIRD CUT WAS TWO INCHES FROM COMPLETION WHEN THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED. EMPLOYEE #3 WAS OPERATING THE SAW AND EMPLOYEE #2 WAS STANDING NEXT TO EMPLOYEE #3. EMPLOYEE #4 WAS STANDING SIX TO EIGHT FEET BACK FROM EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED FROM ASPHYXIATION AND TOLUENE POISONING. HE WAS DEAD BEFORE THE BLAST. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS IN THE DIRECT PATH OF THE BLAST AND DIED AS A RESULT OF THE BLAST. EMPLOYEE #3 RECEIVED FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE BURNS, LACERATIONS, AND OTHER INJURIES. EMPLOYEE #4 RECEIVED FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE BURNS TO HIS FACE, NECK AND CHEST.
Keywords: confined space, explosion, toluene, asphyxiated, burn, laceration
Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14598171 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 14598171 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 14607089
4 14608731
5 14598197 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 14598171 Fatality Other Occupation not reported