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Accident: 201280724 - Two Employees Killed In Confined Space Welding Explosion

Accident: 201280724 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 04/15/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30337827704/15/20002951Colwell Construction Company, Inc.
Two employees had entered a direct-fired liquid asphalt vessel to repair a leak in the hot oil exchange unit. Confined space procedures were not followed. The system was not purged of explosive vapors and liquids prior to attempting the repair. An explosion occurred when the repair crew started welding. Both crew members were killed.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, welding, explosion, asphalt
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303378277 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 303378277 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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