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Accident: 14254999 - One Killed, 18 Injured When Leaking Natural Gas Exploded

Accident: 14254999 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301598908/05/19871611Dickerson Carolina, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301599708/05/19879199City Of Wilmington
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301502108/12/19874923North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation
A GAS MAIN WAS BROKEN BY A CONSTRUCTION CREW LAYING SEWER LINES. A GAS COMPANY REPAIR CREW RESPONDED. WHILE DIGGING WITH A BACKHOE, THE REPAIR CREW RUPTURED AN ADJACENT WATER MAIN. BOTH GAS AND WATER WERE LEAKING. THE WATER WAS TURNED OFF AND WATER PUMPS WERE BROUGHT IN TO PUMP THE WATER OUT OF THE HOLE. THE PUMPS BEING USED TO REMOVE THE WATER WERE GASOLINE DRIVEN (SPARK PRODUCING). THE GAS IGNITED, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION THAT KILLED ONE WORKER AND INJURED EIGHTEEN OTHERS. NO ONE HAD TURNED OFF THE GAS BEFORE ATTEMPTING THE REPAIR.
Keywords: firefighter, work rules, explosion, spark, repair, natural gas, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3015997 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.
2 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 3015997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
4 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 3015997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
6 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
7 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
8 3015997 Fatality Dislocation Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
9 3015997 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.
10 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
11 3015997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
12 3015997 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.
13 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
14 3015021 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
15 3015989 Occupation Not Listed
16 3015997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
17 3015021 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
18 3015997 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
19 3015021 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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