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Accident: 14234777 - Employee Burned In Propane Fire While Loading Rail Tank

Accident: 14234777 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 05/17/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10224787105/19/19882911Sun Refining & Marketing Company
AT ABOUT 9:30 AM ON MAY 17, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS LOADING A RAILROAD TANK CAR WITH LP (PROPYLENE). BEFORE THE LOADING COULD BEGIN HE HAD TO PURGE THE TANK OF ANY CONTAMINANTS. IN THE PURGING PROCESS, PROPYLENE WAS PUMPED INTO THE CAR WITH THE VENT OPEN UNTIL PROPYLENE VAPORS COULD BE SEEN VENTING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. DURING THE PURGING PROCESS, THE VAPORS WERE IGNITED BY A SUSPECTED ELECTROSTATIC OR JUNCTION SPARK. A PRESSURIZED VAPOR FIRE RESULTED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH SEVERE BURNS.
Keywords: burn, loading, flammable vapors, railroad tank car, work rules, fire, propylene, purging, spark
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102247871 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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