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Accident: 171055502 - Employee Killed When Struck By Baffle In Tank Explosion

Accident: 171055502 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 08/28/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12677646708/28/19974213Darryl B. Taylor Transportation Inc.
Employee #1 was repairing a leak in a four-compartment tanker trailer. The first compartment, which had contained diesel fuel, was emptied, steam cleaned, cooled, and then ventilated. While ventilating the atmosphere inside, the first compartment was tested and confirmed by the workers present to be safe for entry. Employee #1 entered the tank and was starting the repair work when an explosion occurred that broke loose the front baffle of the void at the rear of the first compartment. The baffle struck Employee #1, killing him.
Keywords: tank truck, repair, vapor, diesel fuel tank, work rules, trailer truck, explosion, struck by, flying object, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126776467 Fatality Fracture Bus, truck and stationary engine mechanics

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