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Accident: 201522208 - Employee Is Burned When He Cuts Into Petroleum Tank

Accident: 201522208 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 07/23/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12315848707/23/20041795Absolute Tank Removal
On July 23, 2004, an employee cut into a 3,000-gallon underground storage tank that had contained gasoline. The gas had been removed the previous day and the tank purged overnight with dry ice. However, approximately 8 to 10 cubic yards of sludge remained in the tank. When the employee cut into the tank, an explosion resulted. The employee sustained second- and third-degree burns over his head, face, neck and chest. He was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.
Keywords: burn, head, storage tank, explosion, carbon dioxide, neck, purging, face, gasoline, sludge
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Demolition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123158487 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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