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Accident: 200002301 - Employee Is Killed When Propane Escapes And Catches On Fire

Accident: 200002301 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 09/26/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30970948310/25/20065153Shipps Grain, Inc.
On September 26, 2006, Employee #1 was working as a laborer for a company that marketed grains at wholesale. He was operating a Caterpillar multi-terrain loader, when he backed into the east end of a 6,000-gallon propane tank. The saddle support on the west end of the tank failed, causing the east end of the tank to rise. When the tank shifted, the internal control valve and piping attached to the underside of the east end of the tank sheared off. Propane was then released to the atmosphere. Before Employee #1 could drive away in the loader, the propane burst into flame, killing Employee #1. An official with the Maryville, CA, Fire Department stated that the ignition source was either the Caterpillar multi-terrain loader or nearby grain dryer burners.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, agriculture, grain, venting, struck against, loader, propane, grain elevator, backing up
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309709483 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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