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Accident: 170833636 - Employee Burned In Heat Tank Explosion

Accident: 170833636 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 03/24/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12736499003/24/19963999Cunningham Asphalt Company,Inc.
Employee #1 was starting up a Hy-Way asphalt heat tank. The heat tank had mineral oil that ran through coils inside it, and a burner that heated the oil and thus kept the asphalt in liquid form. For some reason, the hot oil line ruptured, resulting in an explosion. Employee #1 was covered with flaming mineral oil and sustained second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, fire, oil line, rupture, explosion, hot asphalt, asphalt
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 127364990 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations

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