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Accident: 200850600 - One Employee Killed, One Injured When Diesel Fuel Ignites

Accident: 200850600 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 03/08/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30061695003/27/19981799David Lake
Employees #1 and #2 were cutting sections of steel deck to allow access to the bulkheads that were to be replaced in the dry-docked vessel, Cape Lambert. They were working in the 31 1/2 in. by 35 1/2 in. by 43 in. confined space of the ship's double-bottom tank. They were making cuts from underneath when Employee #1 cut into the steel directly below a 150-ton diesel storage tank. The diesel fuel poured out and was ignited by the torch, creating a very smoky fire. It was extinguished by the fire watch, but Employee #1 died of asphyxia from smoke inhalation. Employee #2 was hospitalized.
Keywords: diesel fuel tank, fire, construction, inhalation, ship, smoke, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, smoke inhalation, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Maintenance or repair $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300616950 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor
2 300616950 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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