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Accident: 201632874 - Two Employees Killed After Water Storage Tank Exploded

Accident: 201632874 -- Report ID: 1054112 -- Event Date: 07/08/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30555601107/08/20028731H2o Technologies Ltd
On July 8, 2002, Employee #1, a chemist, while experimenting with a system designed to add oxygen to water and using an 80-gallon water storage tank as a reservoir to hold water for the process began generating oxygen, hydrogen gas produced and accumulated in the storage tank. When Employee #1 removed the plug from the top of the 80-gallon water storage tank, the tank exploded. Employee #1 and another electrical engineer employee that was standing nearby died.
Keywords: storage tank, explosion, chemical reaction, water tank, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305556011 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 305556011 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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