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Accident: 201925419 - Two Employees Are Killed From Fire Inside Barge

Accident: 201925419 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 04/02/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31292744504/02/20113731Texas Barge & Boat, Inc.
On April 2, 2011, Employee #1 was inside Barge PPG 214 cutting away the bottom plate on the port side. Employee #1 was using a cutting torch supplied with oxygen and Chemtane fuel gas. Employee #2, the foreman, and an additional seven employees were inside the barge conducting similar activities on the starboard and port sides; two were assigned as fire watches. The activities were conducted towards the bow of the barge. Employee #1 had to lie on his stomach to conduct the torch cutting because of the limited space. A fire erupted near Employee #1. Employee #2 attempted to rescue Employee #1. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were killed as a result of the fire. The additional seven employees escaped without major injuries.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, barge, shipyard, fire, inhalation, gas, torch, smoke inhalation, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312927445 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
2 312927445 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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