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Accident: 14241764 - Employee Killed In Tank Car Explosion

Accident: 14241764 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 02/23/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10874085302/24/19934789Woodward Rail Car Co.
Employee #1 was cleaning the inside of a 33,000 gallon railcar tank that had contained liquid propane. He had not tested the atmosphere inside the tank and was using electrical equipment, such as a Shop-Vac vacuum cleaner, a Little Giant submersible pump, and a halogen light, that was not intrinsically safe. During the cleaning operation a spark from the electrical equipment caused an explosion, killing Employee #1.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, railroad tank car, work rules, cleaning, tank cleaning, explosion, propane, spark, elec equipment--misc
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108740853 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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