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Accident: 14519334 - Hydrogen Leak Led To Explosion And Fire

Accident: 14519334 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/05/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10026169212/06/19852911Citgo Petroleum Corporation
EMPLOYEES #1 - #3 WERE MACHINISTS THAT WERE IN THE PROCESS OF TROUBLE SHOOTING A COMPRESSOR WHICH HAD HYDROGEN IN THE LINES. NO ACTUAL WORK WAS IN PROCESS. THEY WERE ONLY LISTENING FOR OBVIOUS NOISES WHICH WOULD HELP DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM. EMPLOYEES #4 AND #5 WERE OPERATORS WHO HAD BROUGHT THE COMPRESSOR TO THE MACHINISTS. A COMMON 4" LINE RUPTURED, RELEASING HYDROGEN TO THE ATMOSPHERE. AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE OCCURRED AS A RESULT. THE MACHINISTS WERE KILLED WHILE THE OPERATORS WERE INJURED AND HOSPITALIZED.
Keywords: compressor, hydrogen, repair, machinist, fire, rupture, explosion, gas leak
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100261692 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 100261692 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
3 100261692 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
4 100261692 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 100261692 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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