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Accident: 170020085 - Employee Burned In Diesel Fuel Tank Explosion, Later Dies

Accident: 170020085 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 07/29/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30052300808/21/19962411Green Mountain Forest Products Inc.
Employee #1 was working at a remote job site in Mooers, NY, when he noticed a leak in the diesel fuel tank of a Total chip harvester, model 30 RXL, serial #1948. He proceeded to repair it without first cleaning the fuel from the tank. After applying the first bead of weld to the seam of the tank, Employee #1 put in a new rod and touched the seam. The fuel tank exploded. Diesel fuel spilled on the ground and over Employee #1, and then ignited. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body. Employee #1 died 15 days later of cardiac arrest from fungal sepsis, an infection resulting from his burns.
Keywords: burn, leak, repair, diesel fuel tank, work rules, fire, welding, harvester, explosion, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300523008 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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