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Accident: 170672604 - Employee Injured In Explosion Of Propane Vapors

Accident: 170672604 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 04/19/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12378831704/21/19945984Suburban Propane
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on April 19, 1994, there was an explosion and fire at a propane purging and filling area. Employee #1 had filled a 100-pound cylinder that had been used to purge 20-pound cylinders at about 11:00 a.m. Unknown to him, propane was leaking through a crack above the lower head weld, and there was also a buildup of vapors below the floor surface in a 4-inch cavity. Something sparked, probably when a 20-pound cylinder hit the concrete floor, causing the fire and explosion. The last inspection for this cylinder was in 1980.
Keywords: leak, cylinder, flammable vapors, venting, fire, explosion, propane, spark, chemical vapor, concrete
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123788317 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Driver-sales workers

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