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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14377865 - Employee Killed Welding On A Confined Space

Accident: 14377865 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 04/19/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10321326004/19/19893743Thrall Car Manufacturing Co.
Employee #1 was welding a hatch cover on top of a nuclear well car filled with explosive paint vapors. The welding arcs ignited the vapors, blowing Employee #1 into the roof of the building. He died from injuries sustained in the explosion. The area was not designated as a welding area, and no safe welding procedures were in place. Further, no means were taken to purge or ventilate the vessel.
Keywords: vapor, confined space, venting, welding, explosion, tank, arc welding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103213260 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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