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Accident: 14418412 - Employee Killed, Another Burned During Welding Explosion

Accident: 14418412 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 09/17/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10663270609/19/19917692Certified Welders & Robotics & Machining Company
Employee #1 was hired to replace the pop off valves on tanks. Employee #2 gave Employee #1 a diagram showing where the holes were to be cut. Employee #1 was using a cutting torch while atop a fuel tank, which contained 224 gallons of #2 diesel fuel. As Employee #2, who was watching the operation, started to walk away, he heard the torch pop, followed by an explosion. A fire ensued. Employee #1 was killed instantly. Employee #2 was burned on 60 percent of his body. The cause of the accident: Employee #1 was using an open flame too close to flammable or combustible vapors. He was using a portable Trailblazer 44D diesel welder mounted to a trailer, attached to a pickup truck.
Keywords: diesel fuel tank, flammable vapors, fire, welding, torch, explosion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106632706 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 106632706 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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