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Accident: 170200505 - One Employee Burned By Flash Fire, One Breaks Leg Escaping

Accident: 170200505 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 05/03/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11189410105/10/19912911Chevron Richmond Refinery
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on May 3, 1991, Employees #1 and #2 were working at the #2 Cat Rinoformer at the Chevron Refinery. Together with the rigging and pipe fitter/welder crew, the employees were removing a 2 in. piping that ran vertically from the steam pump to an 18 in. line that had already been cut off. Employee #1 was using a cutting torch on the bolts of the flange, while Employee #2 was standing on the scaffold platform above the steam pump. When Employee #1 cut the second or third bolt, liquid material came out the flange, followed by a large flash fire. Employee #1 ran to escape the fire but sustained first- and second-degree burns. Employee #2 ran down the scaffold ladder and jumped, breaking his right lower leg.
Keywords: burn, fracture, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, accidental discharge, refinery, cutting and burning, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111894101 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial machinery repairers
2 111894101 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial machinery repairers

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