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Accident: 201283249 - Employee Is Killed While Cutting Vapor Line

Accident: 201283249 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 01/15/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31253129601/19/20101711Larry Dobbs
On January 15, 2010, Employee #1 was working at a gas station that was being prepared to reopen. An underground storage tank (UST) was being converted from storing gasoline to diesel fuel. Fuel was recently delivered to three of the four USTs. Employee #1 was working in a manhole, disconnecting the vapor line for the diesel UST from the common vapor line for the gasoline tanks. He was using a Sawzall to cut the vapor line. An explosion killed Employee #1.
Keywords: fuel line, vapor, diesel fuel tank, flammable liquid, saw, explosion, gasoline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312531296 Fatality Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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