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Accident: 200375590 - Welder Is Injured In Tanker Explosion

Accident: 200375590 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/16/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31568623805/17/20118999Three T Services Llc
On May 16, 2011, Employee #1 was welding a cracked collar on the dome lid of a tanker. Prior to the welding, the gasoline in the tanker had been flushed out with diesel fuel, the tanker had been emptied, and it was allowed to air out for approximately six hours. The day was overcast with temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. While making the final pass with the welder, the tank exploded, knocking Employee #1 to the ground. He was hospitalized for a puncture to the back of his head, a compound arm fracture, a mild concussion, fractured ribs, and other burns, bruises and abrasions.
Keywords: burn, tank truck, fracture, head, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, welder, welding, explosion, purging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315686238 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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