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Accident: 14224075 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Explosion

Accident: 14224075 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 05/24/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10569978905/25/19882911Amoco Oil Co.
At 4:24 p.m. on May 24, 1988, an explosion and fire occurred at the ultraforming unit (desulphurization section) of the Amoco Oil refinery in Grafton, VA. Employee #1 was draining naphtha from a knockout drum (used to separate liquids and gases) to the concrete surface. Puddles of naphtha had accumulated 2 in. to 3 in. deep on the concrete surface. Employee #2 was attempting to restart a General Electric 1250 hp inductive motor located approximately 23 ft from the drum. The motor and motor associated compressor had cut off because too much liquid had accumulated in the drum. Two attempts to start the motor had failed. On the third attempt, an explosion and fire occurred. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and was taken to the hospital, where he died on June 2, 1988. Employee #2 received less severe burns and was taken to the hospital. He was released on June 11, 1988.
Keywords: burn, fire, naphtha, explosion, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105699789 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians
2 105699789 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians

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