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Accident: 170725535 - One Employee Killed And One Injured Purging Pipeline

Accident: 170725535 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 07/29/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11199550207/29/19924612Texaco Trading & Transportation, Inc.
Employees #1 and #2, of Texaco Trading and Transportation, Inc., were discharging crude oil under 360 psi nitrogen pressure into a vacuum truck to purge a pipeline approximately 2 miles long. The discharge pipes on the vacuum truck had been modified to accept the vacuum hose. The vacuum hose male connector broke, releasing crude oil and nitrogen. Employees #1 and #2, who were between the vacuum truck and the discharge point, were struck. Employee #1 died of oil inhalation and pulmonary edema. Employee #2 suffered oil inhalation and broken bones, lacerations, and cuts. Inadequate work practices and inadequate purging design caused this accident.
Keywords: pulmonary edema, work rules, inhalation, equipment failure, hose, line connector, oil line, pipeline, vacuum vessel, purging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111995502 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 111995502 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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