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Accident: 200810034 - Employee Killed When Drip Gas Tanker Truck Ignites

Accident: 200810034 -- Report ID: 0627400 -- Event Date: 04/28/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12338866204/29/19964213Mid Con Gas Corp
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12338854804/29/19961321American Oil & Gas
Employee #1 was loading his tanker with drip gas, a natural gas byproduct. After completing the process, he went on top of the tanker and opened the hatch to verify that the tanker was full. As Employee #1 released the hatch, liquid vapors began to escape and were blown toward the diesel tractor. The vapors were sucked into the tractor's air intake, causing the diesel engine to begin racing into a runaway condition. The engine exploded, and the resulting fire ignited the remaining fuel in the truck's fuel tank and the drip gas in the tanker itself. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: tank truck, flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, combustible liquid, flammable liquid, fire, diesel truck, natural gas, chemical vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123388662 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Truck drivers, heavy
2 123388548 Occupation Not Listed

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