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Accident: 200840528 - Employee Killed When Oil Tank Explodes During Test

Accident: 200840528 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 05/31/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30061131605/31/20001389M & M Pump & Supply Inc.
Employee #1 was conducting an integrity test with compressed air on an indoor above-ground oil storage tank, model 210. The air was being introduced into the tank at 5 psig by an air compressor and a pressure assembly equipped with a gauge. Employee #1 was standing in front of the top plate when it suddenly blew off the tank and he was thrown through the corrugated metal wall of the building where the test was being performed. He was killed. The applicable industry standard, UL-142, steel above-ground tanks for flammable and combustible liquids, paragraph 39.2.1, required that the compressed air be set at between 1.5 and 2.5 psig.
Keywords: work rules, oil tank, compressed air, test equipment, explosion, high pressure, oil well servicing, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300611316 Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction

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