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Accident: 14412514 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Refinery Explosion

Accident: 14412514 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 05/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10071523405/08/19872911Texas City Refining Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10071524205/08/19877363Byrd Engineering Construction, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10071523405/08/19872911Texas City Refining Company
Employees #1 and #2 were in front of a manway opening to a process vessel at a refinery. The vessel contained pyrophoric materials and flammable gas. Employee #1 was standing on a platform directly in front of the manway, washing out the vessel with a water hose, when there was an explosion inside the tank. The force of the explosion blew Employee #1 65 ft away, killing him. Employee #2 was injured, but not hospitalized.
Keywords: flammable vapors, cleaning, explosion, tank, pressure vessel, gas, chemical reaction, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100715234 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 100715242 Occupation Not Listed
3 100715234 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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