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Accident: 14498612 - Employee Burned To Death In Natural Gas Explosion & Fire

Accident: 14498612 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 03/05/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10027304403/07/19864924United Texas Transmission Company
PIPELINE EMPLOYEES HAD SHUT DOWN A SECTION OF AN 18 INCH NATURAL GAS LINE IN ORDER TO REPLACE A SECTION OF PIPE. THE LINE WAS BLOWN DOWN AND PURGED DURING THE DAY. THE OPEN ENDS WERE CAPPED AND THE LINE RETURNED TO NORMAL OPERATING PRESSURE (220-230 PSI). ALL EMPLOYEES BUT EMPLOYEE #1 LEFT TO RETURN TO THE COMPANY OFFICE IN MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS. IT IS NOT KNOWN WHY EMPLOYEE #1 REMAINED. A DRESSOR COUPLING, LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 13 FEET WEST OF THE CAPPED PART OF THE LINE, FAILED, RELEASING GAS INTO A PAINT WAREHOUSE LOCATED ABOUT 200 FEET EAST OF THE RUPTURE. THE GAS IGNITED, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT THE WAREHOUSE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS BURNED TO DEATH.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, fire, natural gas, rupture, explosion, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100273044 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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