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Accident: 14327779 - Four Killed, One Injured When Aviation Fuel Explodes

Accident: 14327779 -- Report ID: 0316100 -- Event Date: 12/20/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1765237112/22/19864491Steuart Petroleum Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1765234812/22/19864491Steuart Transportation Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1765237112/22/19864491Steuart Petroleum Company
Employees #1 through #5 were using a vacuum truck on a pier to pump the remaining JP4 aviation fuel from the cargo tanks of a floating barge. An explosion and fire occurred during the transfer process. Employee #1 was hospitalized and Employees #2 through #5 were killed. The ignition source was not determined. The flashpoint of this fuel was 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The barge dimensions were 300 ft by 60 ft, with a 17 ft draft.
Keywords: longshoring, barge, pier, flammable liquid, fire, explosion, fuel oil
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17652371 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 17652348 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
3 17652371 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
4 17652371 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
5 17652371 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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