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Accident: 200212421 - Two Employees Are Injured, One Is Killed In Gas Explosion

Accident: 200212421 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 06/26/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31215648206/26/20081795Roberto Clemente Vargas Dba Rcs Company
On June 26, 2008, Employee #1, #2, and #3, a sub-contracted crew of welders, were dismantling piping at an oilfield gas processing plant, which had been shut down for several years. They were removing valves from around a bank of heat exchangers to recover them for scrap. They were not wearing flame resistant clothing and had no written demolition plan. Using a wand torch with propane/oxygen, they made cuts to ventilate the 10-inch piping. When a lower cut was made, trapped residual natural gas liquids sprayed out, coating them and ignited. They were immersed in a fireball and were severely burned. Employee #1 and #2 were hospitalized with burns, and Employee #3 died.
Keywords: burn, ppe, fire, ignition system, welder, natural gas, explosion, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Demolition $50,000 to $250,000 2 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312156482 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 312156482 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 312156482 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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