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Accident: 14451330 - Gas Explosion Caused By Lighting Cigarette In Pipeline

Accident: 14451330 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 05/14/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1492952505/15/19841623Johnson Brothers Corporation
AT 9:30 AM ON MAY, 14, 1984, DURING A TRENCHING OPERATION FOR INSTALLATION OF A FLOOD CONTROL PIPELINE, TWO EMPLOYEES ENTERED A RECENTLY LAID 45 INCH DIAMETER PIPE TO TAKE A CIGARETTE BREAK. UNKNOWN TO THE EMPLOYEES, THERE HAD BEEN A NATURAL GAS LEAK SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY AND GAS HAD SETTLED INTO THE PIPELINE. LIGHTING OF A CIGARETTE PROVIDED AN IGNITION SOURCE. THE RESULTING EXPLOSION BURNED BOTH MEN ON THE ARMS, HANDS, FACE, NECK AND CHEST. THE BURNS WERE 3RD DEGREE.
Keywords: burn, construction, natural gas, explosion, pipeline, smoking, neck, arm, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14929525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 14929525 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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