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Accident: 200231801 - Employee Using Torch On Tank Is Killed In Explosion

Accident: 200231801 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 07/07/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30996393207/07/20062899Blue Sky Biodiesel, Llc
On July 7, 2006, Employee #1 was working on top of a twenty-two-foot-high steel tank, using an oxyacetylene torch to install a vent. The tank apparently contained some glycerine and methanol from the making of biodiesel fuel, and it exploded. Employee #1 received burns to several parts of his body, and he was killed. It is probable that the flame from the torch ignited the vapors, causing the explosion and subsequent fire.
Keywords: acetylene torch, tank, flammable vapors, flammable liquid, explosion, burn
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309963932 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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