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Accident: 201345477 - Employee Dies In Explosion

Accident: 201345477 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 08/20/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31402939808/23/20101389Western Sales
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 20, 2010, Employee #1 was working with his employer and a coworker to remove debris that was left after a fire that was caused by a lighting strike of a crude oil tank battery. They were using a Fiat/Allis 78 Loader and a cutting torch to remove the debris that consisted of three 200-barrel steel tanks, connecting piping, a metal stairway and walking/working platforms. As they were working, the employer and the coworker heard a loud hissing noise and attempted to flee the area before the explosion occurred. Employee #1, who was using a cutting torch prior to the explosion, was severely burned and died as a result of the explosion.
Keywords: battery, burn, fire, lightning, torch, crude oil, explosion, struck by, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314029398 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Heavy equipment mechanics

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