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Accident: 14379473 - Tank Explosion Kills Two Employees

Accident: 14379473 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 12/19/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10250331512/20/19891711Midwest Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10250330712/20/19892821B.F. Goodrich
Employee #1 and Employee #2 were working for a construction firm at the B. F. Goodrich facility. They attempted to remove bolts with a torch on an opening of a tank. The torch initiated a chemical reaction within the tank producing hydrogen gas, which exploded. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were killed in the explosion.
Keywords: explosion, bolt, tank, hydrogen, torch, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102503315 Fatality Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
2 102503315 Fatality Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
3 102503307 Occupation Not Listed

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