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Accident: 201390572 - Employee Killed In Flammable Gas Explosion

Accident: 201390572 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 11/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30488130311/21/20021389Key Energy
Employee #1 and a coworker were performing a service operation at a crude oil storage tank facility. They were performing a tank rollover in which they pumped crude oil from a storage tank into a tanker truck where it was heated to separate out the water and then they pumped it back into the storage tank. The tank system had a flare stack to burn off accumulations of flammable gasses. Instead of connecting the truck to the line in the tank, the employees opened a hatch on top of the tank. This produced pressure to the flare causing it to go out. The unburned gasses then accumulate and migrated to a source of ignition which could have been the burners on the truck, the truck itself, or employees smoking in the area. An explosion occurred and Employee #1 was engulfed by the fire and killed.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, storage tank, crude oil, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304881303 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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