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Accident: 200712016 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion

Accident: 200712016 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 08/14/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30620241708/14/20031799Industrial Prime Contractors
On August 14, 2003, Employee #1 was replacing a 3-in. pipe/nozzle which had previously ruptured in a pressure vessel used to extract carbon dioxide from natural gas. The valves were closed, the vessel was ventilated with a small fan, the manways were open at the top and bottom, and a Scott Scout monitor was used to measure for oxygen and combustible gas. After removing the nozzle, he was dressing up the hole by arc gouging and grinding, and then paused to check the progress of the work. A few minutes later, an explosion occurred and Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: grinder, oxygen, fan, ventilation, pressure vessel, natural gas, explosion, valve, carbon dioxide, pipe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 60 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306202417 Fatality Other Welders and cutters

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