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Accident: 14474993 - Two Employees Die In Gas Explosion And Ensuing Forest Fire

Accident: 14474993 -- Report ID: 0625100 -- Event Date: 04/22/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10362258503/28/19944922El Paso Natural Gas, Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10362165204/26/19930851U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture - Forest Service
Employee #1 was operating a dozer during reshaping of an arroyo in the Brantley Dam area, north of Carlsbad, NM. The dozer hit an 8 in. gas main. The line exploded and burned the dozer operator beyond recognition, killing him. Employee #2 was a fire fighter working on a prescribed burn when the wind picked up, causing the fire to burn out of control. The fire overcame the fire fighter before he could get to safety or use his fire shelter. Employee #2 died.
Keywords: firefighter, equipment operator, explosion, burn, high wind, fire, struck against, gas, pipeline, bulldozer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103622585 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations
2 103621652 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Grader, dozer and scraper operators

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