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Accident: 170034870 - Burn - Propane Gas Explosion In Manhole

Accident: 170034870 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 10/07/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12317351010/07/19931731Ducci Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Two power line workers were in a manhole, making a T-splice on an underground power line cable. They were using a 9-kilogram tank of propane to heat the lead around the splice. The employees were 3 meters below ground level with a wooden ladder for egress but no lifelines. The propane tank exploded, and flames engulfed their upper extremities, including their head, face, arms, and hands. They were hospitalized for their injuries. It appeared that the propane tank might have been leaking around the neck, causing a flammable atmosphere.
Keywords: burn, leak, confined space, flammable vapors, power line worker, torch, undrgrd installation, elec utility work, propane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123173510 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 123173510 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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