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Accident: 200053601 - Employee Is Burned By Hot Asphalt During Transfer Operation

Accident: 200053601 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 07/13/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31146748407/13/20092951Monarch Oil, Inc.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on July 13, 2009, Employee #1 was one of three employees unloading asphalt product from rail cars and into storage tanks. During the transfer process, the system experienced an increase in pressure. The hose in use, a hot asphalt transfer hose, separated from its fitting. When the hose separated, heated asphalt product was released from the system via the open valve on the rail header. Employee #1 was positioned under the railcar when the asphalt covered him. The asphalt was approximately 240-degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the exposure. Employee #1 suffered severe burns and was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, railroad car, hose, hot asphalt, valve, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311467484 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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