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Accident: 14352918 - Employees Burned In Fire And Explosion On Ship Fuel Tank

Accident: 14352918 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 07/21/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10187601907/21/19861721Patton Painting Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10034597407/21/19863731Alliance Fluid Power, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10034598207/21/19863731Ocean Marine, Inc.
TWO CONTRACTORS WERE WORKING INSIDE THE ENGINE ROOM OF A VESSEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE PORT AND STARBOARD FUEL TANKS HAD BEEN FILLED WITH 2000 GALLONS OF #2 DIESEL FUEL. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING AN OXYGEN-ACETYLENE WELDING TORCH TO HEAT A PLASTIC TUBE SO IT COULD BE STRETCHED TAUT BETWEEN FITTINGS ON THE PORT FUEL TANK. A STRUCTURAL ERROR HAD BEEN MADE ON THE PORT FUEL TANK DURING FABRICATION; THERE WAS A 3/4-INCH HOLE IN THE WALL OF THE FUEL TANK WHICH HAD NOT BEEN PLUGGED. THE EMPLOYEE APARENTLY RESTED HIS WELDING TORCH IN THE HOLE AND IT IGNITED THE DIESEL FUEL VAPORS INSIDE THE TANK, RESULTING IN A FIRE AND EXPLOSION. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF SEVERE BURNS. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURNS. EMPLOYEE #4 WAS TREATED FOR LACERATIONS AND RELEASED.
Keywords: leak, diesel fuel tank, flammable vapors, explosion, burn, acetylene torch, fire, ship
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101876019 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
2 100345974 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 100345982 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 100345982 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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