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Accident: 14497796 - One Employee Killed, One Injured, In Tank Car Explosion

Accident: 14497796 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 07/11/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
136282107/12/19844741Empak Inc
Employees #1 and #2 were cleaning methyl acrylate from a railroad tank car. Employee #2 entered the tank to check for residue. As he was coming out of the manway, a fire and explosion occurred. Employee #2 was killed and Employee #1 was injured. The source of ignition is believed to have been an arc from a Woodhead explosion-proof light that was hanging in the manway and that had pulled loose from the light terminals. The atmosphere in the tank car had not been tested.
Keywords: flammable liquid, flammable vapors, railroad tank car, work rules, fire, lighting fixture, equipment failure, explosion, chemical vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1362821 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 1362821 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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