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Accident: 14550016 - Liquid Propane Tank Exploded, Killing And Injuring Employees

Accident: 14550016 -- Report ID: 0454722 -- Event Date: 04/02/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1844827404/02/19863691Used Repair Shop Inc
EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE WORKING AT THE BATTERY TERMINAL BURNING STATION. THEY USED AN OPEN FLAME TORCH, FUELED BY NATURAL GAS, AT THIS STATION. EMPLOYEES #3 AND #4 WERE LOCATED NEAR THE STATION. LOCATED 5 FEET FROM THE BURNER STATION WAS A FLAMMABLE HEAT SHRINK (PLASTIC SYSTEM), WHICH INCLUDED A SMALL HAND HELD 20 POUND LP TANK. THIS TANK EXPLODED, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE. EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #3 WERE KILLED. EMPLOYEE #4 WAS STILL HOSPITALIZED AS OF APRIL 8, 1986.
Keywords: flammable vapors, compressed gas, explosion, lp gas
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18448274 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 18448274 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 18448274 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 18448274 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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