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Accident: 200551364 - Diver Killed In Underwater Explosion

Accident: 200551364 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/28/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30308099805/17/20004499Bisso Marine Co., Inc.
A commercial diver was engaged in a salvage operation of a 35-ft by 195-ft sunken hopper barge in the Mississippi River near LaPlace, LA. He was using a Bronco oxygen fed cutting torch to burn a hole in the deck of the barge to place an airlift suction pipe to remove silt that had accumulated inside the barge. During the operation, a hydrogen and oxygen bubbled formed due to a malfunction of the equipment. The cutting torch ignited the gases, causing an explosion and killing the employee.
Keywords: oxygen, hydrogen, gas, explosion, diver, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303080998 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Welders and cutters

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