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Accident: 14478515 - 2 Construction Workers Burned To Death When Vapors Ignited

Accident: 14478515 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 11/07/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
81503511/10/19861795Cuyahoga Wrecking Corp.
EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE DISMANTLING FUEL OIL PIPELINES, USING AN OXYGEN AND PROPANE CUTTING TORCH. THEY WERE WORKING ON AN ELEVATED PIPE SUPPORT WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY 25 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. APPARENTLY, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A CUTTING TORCH WHILE EMPLOYEE #2 WAS MANUALLY OPENING BOLTS TO A FLANGE ON THE PIPELINE. WHEN THE FLANGE WAS OPENED, RESIDUES FROM #4 FUEL OIL AND #6 FUEL OIL IGNITED. THE ENSUING FIRE COMPLETELY ENGULFED EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. THEY FELL TO THE GROUND. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED AT THE SITE AND EMPLOYEE #2 WAS DOA AT THE HOSPITAL. THE PIPELINES HAD NOT BEEN TESTED OR PURGED PRIOR TO THE DEMOLITION WORK.
Keywords: burn, dismantling, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, construction, propane torch, fuel oil, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 815035 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported
2 815035 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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