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Accident: 170253827 - Employee Injured When Gas Tank Explodes

Accident: 170253827 -- Report ID: 1055340 -- Event Date: 01/10/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11148735101/10/19916531Howard S Wright Construction Co
Employee #1 was using a skill saw and an abrasive blade to cut an old gasoline tank into hemispheres. When the water level inside the tank dropped below the level of the abrasive blade, sparks from the blade ignited the residual gasoline vapors inside the head space of the tank. The resulting explosion caused the skill saw to strike against Employee #1's right leg. He sustained multiple fractures of his tibia. The impact also threw Employee #1 several feet from where he had been working, causing him to temporarily lose consciousness.
Keywords: portable power tool, fracture, unconsciousness, flammable vapors, circular saw, explosion, spark, gasoline, tank, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111487351 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers

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