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Accident: 14467351 - Crude Oil Pipeline Ruptured By Dozer, Employee Burned

Accident: 14467351 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 04/29/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
145018805/01/19851389Pawnee Lease Service Inc
ON APRIL 29, 1985, A LEASE SERVICE COMPANY WAS CONSTRUCTING A LOCATION FOR AN OIL RIG. AT APPROXIMATELY 1:37 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS OPERATING A BULLDOZER IN WHAT WAS TO BECOME A FLARE PIT. THE PIT WAS ABOUT 6 FEET DEEP. WHILE THE BULLDOZER WAS WORKING IN THE PIT IT MUST HAVE STRUCK AN 8 INCH PIPELINE CARRYING CRUDE OIL UNDER PRESSURE. THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID HE SAW DIRT AND ROCKS SPEWING OVER THE BULLDOZER, AND THEN THE BULLDOZER WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES. EMPLOYEE #1 COULD NOT ESCAPE FROM THE FIRE AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SUPERINTENDENT KNEW THERE WAS A PIPELINE IN THE AREA, BUT HE DID NOT MAKE AN EFFORT TO FIND ITS EXACT LOCATION.
Keywords: burn, fire, construction, rupture, crude oil, pipeline, bulldozer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1450188 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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