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Accident: 14392120 - Three Hospitalized After Explosion On Oil Production Barge

Accident: 14392120 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 05/20/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30039599306/02/19971799Triple "G" Services, Inc.
Employee #1 was operating a crane mounted on a work barge. Employees #2 and #3 were cutting and welding on an oil production barge close to the work barge. Six oil storage tanks were mounted on a concrete deck on the oil production barge, which had been sunk at the location for 30 years. An explosion occurred inside a barge compartment near the welding that knocked down one oil tank and caused another one to ignite. The force of the explosion went upward, but Employees #1 through #3 sustained injuries that required hospitalization. Apparently crude oil had leaked through the concrete deck into the barge compartment; testing had not revealed the presence of any flammable substances.
Keywords: leak, barge, flammable liquid, fire, oil tank, construction, welding, explosion, combustible liquid, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300395993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Connecting
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 300395993 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Connecting
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 300395993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Connecting
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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