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Accident: 14418644 - Three Employees Killed When Chemical Storage Tank Explodes

Accident: 14418644 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 09/08/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11599150709/08/19925169Hci - Chemtech Distribution, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11599378409/09/19921711Western Industrial Mechanical, Inc.
Employees #1, #2, and #3 were working on top of an approximately 10,000 gallon chemical storage tank. The last known content of the tank was ethyl alcohol. The tank was reported as having been drained, air vented and safe to work on. The employees were removing the catwalk between the tanks using a cutting torch when one exploded, killing them.
Keywords: flammable vapors, venting, explosion, tank, construction, torch, chemical vapor, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115991507 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported
2 115991507 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported
3 115993784 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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