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Accident: 14518260 - Tank Exploded While Welding Work Underway; 3 Employees Hurt

Accident: 14518260 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 11/25/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10178297711/25/19862621Georgia-Pacific Corp., Palatka Operations
THREE EMPLOYEES WERE WELDING AND PATCHING HOLES ON BLOW TANK #2 AT THE GEORGIA PACIFIC CORPORATION PULP MILL AT PALATKA, FLORIDA WHEN THE TANK EXPLODED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING ON TOP OF THE TANK, EMPLOYEE #2 WAS WELDING FROM A SCAFFOLD ATTACHED TO THE TANK AND A MILLWRIGHT (EMPLOYEE #3) WAS OBSERVING FROM A TANK CATWALK. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CRITICALLY INJURED. THE OTHER TWO EMPLOYEES RECIEVED INJURIES WHICH DID NOT REQUIRE HOSPITIZATION. THE TANK HAD NOT BEEN PURGED, NOR HAD IT BEEN TESTED FOR FLAMMABLE VAPORS BEFORE THE WORK WAS BEGUN.
Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, welder, welding, explosion, purging, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101782977 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 101782977 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 101782977 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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