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Accident: 14475388 - Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Water Tank

Accident: 14475388 -- Report ID: 0625100 -- Event Date: 01/10/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10181323601/13/19861629Monterey Montarery Construction Company
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on January 10, 1986, Employee #1 was walking around the end of a 2,000 gallon water tank. The tank was half full while water lines were being purged using 110 psi of air pressure. Due to an employee error, a valve to the plant lines had been closed and the valve to the water tank opened. The top half of the water tank become overpressurized and the end of the tank blew out, striking Employee #1. He was killed instantly.
Keywords: air pressure, open valve, work rules, construction, explosion, high pressure, purging, struck by, flying object, water tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101813236 Fatality Fracture Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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