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Accident: 201562279 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Debris From Burst Tank

Accident: 201562279 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 04/27/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31240874304/28/20094212D&A Mcrae Inc
On April 27, 2009, Employee #1 was working at a truck maintenance facility. The facility had installed an above ground atmospheric storage tanks for used motor oil piped out from the maintenance bay. The tanks were in a concrete confinement area placed below surface level. During the initial use of the tanks, employees noticed a leak coming from the first 500 gallon tank in the chain. Employee #1 clamped the drain valve and emplaced a catch pan under the valve of the first tank. A coworker attempted to empty the tank by the use of compressed air. The tank was closed without venting. The tank end where the Employee #1 worked burst, striking him on the head and pinning his head against a concrete wall. He died from blunt force trauma.
Keywords: head, maintenance, wall, pinned, compressed air, truck, struck by, tank, concrete
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312408743 Fatality Concussion Machinery maintenance occupations

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