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Accident: 14254809 - Employee Killed When Oil Tank Exploded From Compressed Air

Accident: 14254809 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 10/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
303692810/06/19871799Sanders Brothers, Inc.
AT APPROXIMATELY 1:30 PM ON OCTOBER 5, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSIGNED THE JOB OF PUMPING QUENCH OIL FROM A 16 FOOT HIGH, 8 FOOT DIAMETER STORAGE TANK INTO A NEARBY TANK TRUCK. THE OIL NEEDED TO BE REMOVED SO THAT THE TANK COULD BE MOVED. WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF HIS SUPERVISOR, EMPLOYEE #1 REMOVED THE PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICE AT THE TOP OF TANK AND CONNECTED AN AIR LINE TO THE TANK AT 108 PSI. HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO FORCE OUT THE REMAINING 7 FEET OF OIL IN THE TANK WITH COMPRESSED AIR. AFTER 12 MINUTES, THE TOP OF THE TANK, WITH EMPLOYEE #1 ON IT, WAS BLOWN INTO THE AIR. EMPLOYEE #1 LANDED 30 FEET AWAY ON THE PLANT ROOF. HE WAS KILLED.
Keywords: work rules, oil tank, compressed air, construction, explosion, high pressure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3036928 Fatality Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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