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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14262604 - Employee Injured In Tank Car Explosion

Accident: 14262604 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 09/02/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10432982609/02/19874953Lwd, Inc.
Employee #1 had climbed onto an empty tank trailer to wash it out through the top hatch. The tank trailer was a stainless steel, chemically resistant, sparkproof, dual coated 25 lb pressure vessel #307312, rated to haul flammables. The top hatch was approximately 10 feet above a concrete pad. The vehicle had contained alcohol and the vapors ignited. The flash vented through the hatch, knocking Employee #1 off the vehicle to the ground. He sustained burns to the upper body, hands, and forearms, and a fractured leg. It appears that as Employee #1 leaned over the tank, his disposable cigarette lighter fell from his pocket through the hatch into the tank, igniting the flammable vapors. A lighter was found in two parts--one outside and one inside the tanker. There were no witnesses and the employee does not recall the accident.
Keywords: burn, alcohol, flammable vapors, hatch, cleaning, fire, smoking, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104329826 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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