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Accident: 14301675 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Boiler Explosion

Accident: 14301675 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 10/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10470715310/21/19872911Navajo Refining Company, Llc
At 8:25 a.m. on October 20, 1987, Employee #1, the superintendent of the utilities department at the Navajo Refinery in Artesia, NM, was lighting the pilot light on a Holman boiler. Employee #2 was with him. The boiler exploded, forcing both ends outward. A piece of flying debris struck Employee #1 on the right side of his face. He was taken to Artesia General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Employee #2 was sent to the same hospital, was treated for shock, and was released after a short period of observation. The exact cause of the accident has not been determined. It is suspected that a faulty electrical relay had caused a release of natural gas into the interior of the boiler before Employee #1 tried to light the pilot light.
Keywords: pilot light, head, shock, boiler, natural gas, equipment failure, explosion, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104707153 Fatality Amputation Furnace, kiln and oven operators
2 104707153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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