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Accident: 200812725 - Employee Is Killed In Gas Line Explosion

Accident: 200812725 -- Report ID: 0627400 -- Event Date: 09/09/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31238622009/16/20081623Gorman-Phillips Construction
On September 9, 2008, Employee #1 and a coworker were operating a ditching machine and struck an unmarked natural gas line. They had the area checked before they started the operation and were told that the area was free of underground pipes. When Employee #1 struck the gas line, he shut down the machine and they phoned their supervisor from their truck. Employee #1 told the supervisor that he thought he had hit a salt water line. The supervisor instructed him to evacuate the area immediately. When they started the truck, it set off an explosion of the natural gas that lifted the truck off the ground and shattered the windows. Both Employee #1 and the coworker were hospitalized. Employee #1 died, and the coworker's injuries were not recorded.
Keywords: ditch, fire, explosion, industrial truck, truck, pipeline, propane, motor vehicle
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312386220 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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