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Accident: 14391015 - Burn - Explosion Of Gasoline Vapors

Accident: 14391015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 02/17/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10108140402/17/19871794Tri-State Contractors Inc.
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE INSTALLING A SECONDARY VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR A GASOLINE PUMP. THREE 12000-GALLON UNDERGROUND GASOLINE TANKS WERE BEING FILLED AT THE SAME TIME. THE VENTING SYSTEM FOR THE GASOLINE VAPORS HAD NOT BEEN COMPLETED BEFORE THE TANKS WERE FILLED. GASOLINE VAPORS WERE ALLOWED TO VENT FROM NINE DIFFERENT PLACES ON THE THREE TANKS WITHIN THE EXCAVATION FOR THE TANKS. THE VAPORS FROM THE TANKS HAD ACCUMULATED FOR ABOUT 4 HOURS. SOME NON-EXPLOSION-PROOF ELECTRIC TOOLS WERE BEING OPERATED AT THE EDGE OF THE EXCAVATION. THE TOOLS IGNITED THE VAPORS, AND A FLASH FIRE RESULTED, SEVERELY BURNING THE TWO EMPLOYEES. BOTH WERE HOSPITALIZED FOR THEIR INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, clothing, excavation, electrical, e c, explosion, gasoline, equipment approval
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101081404 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 101081404 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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