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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170179196 - Employee Burned In Flash Explosion Of Reboiler

Accident: 170179196 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 11/06/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11221622111/08/19901311Stream Energy Inc.
At 7:39 p.m. on November 6, 1990, Employee #1, a petroleum worker, attempted to relight the reboiler inside the plant complex. A flash explosion occurred, and he suffered second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands. He was transported to Marian Hospital in Santa Maria, CA, then flown to Sherman Oaks Burn Center in Van Nuys. The plant foreman stated that dry gas leaking into the reboiler may have caused the boiler to explode. Electronic ignition was to be installed so that the reboiler would not need to be lit manually. The employer was cited for a general violation of T8CCR 6772 (c) and 6773 (c) for petroleum safety, and a serious violation of T8CCR 6777 (d).
Keywords: burn, leak, flammable vapors, work rules, boiler, oil well drilling, construction, explosion, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112216221 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Petroleum engineers

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