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Accident: 201760105 - Employee Killed When Storage Tank Explodes

Accident: 201760105 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 10/31/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30130646010/31/19964953Laidlaw Environmental Services Inc
Employee #1 and coworkers, contractor employees for Laidlaw Environmental Services, entered a storage tank containing sodium sulfate crystals with traces of fuel oil to continue a week-long tank cleaning operation. They had donned supplied air respirators and were inside the tank when an explosion occurred. Employee #1 died on the way to the hospital. Two coworkers suffered second- and third-degree burns and they were transported by Life Flight to Herman Hospital in Houston, TX.
Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, cleaning, storage tank, explosion, fuel oil, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301306460 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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