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Accident: 14232151 - Flash Fire Inside Tank During Cleaning Kills One

Accident: 14232151 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 04/21/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1756732204/24/19894491Ashland Petroleum Company
Employee #1 and Employee #2 were cleaning the inside of an 80,000 gallon J P-4 jet fuel storage tank using a vacuum system. Both employees were in the tank when it exploded. Employee #1, working near the center of the tank, was engulfed in flames and made his way to the opening with his garments burnt off and crawled out. Employees extinguished the fire on Employee #1 who received third degree burns on 80 percent of his body and died. Employee #2 was working near the opening and was blown out of the tank and was not injured.
Keywords: burn, vapor, confined space, venting, fire, tank cleaning, explosion, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17567322 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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