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Accident: 201039195 - Employee Is Killed When Compressed Gas Tank Explodes

Accident: 201039195 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 05/26/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30990601405/26/20074111Supershuttle Los Angeles, Inc
At about 9:52 a.m. on May 26, 2007, Employee #1, a franchise employee of SuperShuttle Los Angeles, Inc., was refueling his Ford E350 Club Wagon van (California license 6R59353, VIN 1FBSS31MX1HB49951) at the Clean Energy refueling station. The van was powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and contained five fuel tanks. For some reason, Employee #1 went to the rear of the van and knelt down by the rear tank, the tank closest to the rear bumper. The tank exploded and ripped the back bodywork and metal bumper off the van, catching Employee #1 and throwing him approximately 40 feet across the tarmac. The bumper landed on the sidewalk at the edge of the refueling station lot. Employee #1 sustained massive trauma and was killed. The Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) Pressure Vessel Unit conducted a forensic investigation. It concluded that the tank's failure was caused by its rapid bursting, due to structural damage and corrosion from battery acid splashed on the tank from another car's battery during a previous rear end collision.
Keywords: inadequate maint, compressed gas, driver, equipment failure, explosion, struck by, flying object, tank, motor vehicle
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309906014 Fatality Other Taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs

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