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Accident: 14294508 - Employee Dies After Being Burned In Gas Tank Explosion

Accident: 14294508 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 09/09/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12543722809/12/19947699Jones & Frank Corp.
Employee #1 had been assigned to open the ends of previously buried fuel tanks to prepare them for disposal. He had opened several tanks using a pneumatic nibbling device, a nonsparking tool. When he used an oxyacetylene torch to cut a hole in the end of a tank that contained gasoline liquid and vapor residues, the heat from the torch caused the tank to explode. Employee #1 was thrown against a nearby loader-backhoe. He was hospitalized on September 9, 1994, and died on September 21, 1994, as a result of burns and other injuries sustained in the accident.
Keywords: burn, amputated, acetylene torch, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, gasoline, tank, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125437228 Fatality Amputation Not specified mechanics and repairers

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