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Accident: 14400600 - Air Receiver Exploded, Killing Employee

Accident: 14400600 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 01/09/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10180326001/15/19867623Tidewater Compression Service
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF REPAIRING A 16 HORSEPOWER GASOLINE ENGINE, POWERING A WORTHINGTON AIR COMPRESSOR, AT A GAS WELL SITE. THE ENGINE WAS BACKFIRING EXCESSIVELY AND BLOWING APART AN INJECTOR GAS COUPLING. THE ENGINE AND COMPRESSOR WERE MOUNTED ON TOP OF A ROY E. HANSON JR. AIR RECEIVER, SER. #186730. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT, IT APPEARS THAT THE ENDS (WELDS) OF THE RECEIVER BLEW OUT. THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION DROVE EMPLOYEE #1 INTO A GAS COMPRESSOR, THEN UP AND BEHIND THE COMPRESSOR. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS PROBABLY KILLED INSTANTLY.
Keywords: air receiver, repair, gas well, compressed air, explosion, high pressure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101803260 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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