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Accident: 14379150 - Acetylene Tank Leaked At Valve; Exploded

Accident: 14379150 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 03/21/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10176015503/24/19861795Rice Brothers
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10176014803/21/19861795Loeb Equipment Supply Company
WELDERS WERE GETTING READY TO CUT SOME I-BEAMS, USING OXY-ACETYLENE TORCHES. A WELDER LIT HIS TORCH AND WENT TO ADJUST THE GAS REGULATOR. THE ACETYLENE TANK HAD DEVELOPED A LEAK AT THE VALVE. THE LEAKING ACETYLENE WAS SOMEHOW IGNITED. THE WELDERS WERE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE OR SHUT OFF THE GAS, SO THEY FLED THE AREA. AFTER THE WELDERS LEFT THE BUILDING AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED. THE WELDERS HAD NOT CHECKED FOR LEAKS AT THE TANK CONNECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING WELDING.
Keywords: cylinder, acetylene, work rules, welder, construction, welding, explosion, valve, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 101760155
2 101760148

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