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Accident: 14535199 - Asphalt Tank Fumes Ignited By Propane Torch; Exploded

Accident: 14535199 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 10/24/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
164079610/25/19842951Minot Paving Co Inc
EMPLOYEES #1-3 WERE ON A TANK TOP USING A PROPANE TORCH TO HEAT UP AN ELBOW ON A FLEXIBLE, 4-INCH HOSE. THE HOSE WAS USED TO TRANSFER ASPHALT FROM ONE TANK TO ANOTHER. WHEN THE TORCH WAS LIT, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED. EMPLOYEES #1-3 WERE BLOWN INTO THE AIR. TWO OF THE MEN LANDED ON THE GROUND. THE THIRD MAN LANDED ON ONE OF THE OTHER TANK TOPS. EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED A FATAL CONCUSSION. EMPLOYEE #2 FRACTURED HIS LEG. EMPLOYEE #3 SUFFERED ABRASIONS ON HIS FACE.
Keywords: fracture, flammable vapors, hose, propane torch, explosion, abrasion, concussion, face, asphalt, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1640796 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 1640796 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported
3 1640796 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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