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Accident: 201925617 - Employee Cutting Gas Tank Sets Off Explosion That Kills Him

Accident: 201925617 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 01/25/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31572415301/26/20125093Viking Iron And Metal
On January 25, 2013, Employee#1 at Viking Iron and Metal Company scrap metal yard, used a torch fueled by propane to cut up an underground storage tank, about 7 ft by 21 ft in size, that once contained gasoline in a service station. When Employee#1 cut through the metal, and hit an oxygen valve, the tank exploded, throwing the employee approximately 30 feet.
Keywords: storage tank, propane torch, explosion, scrap metal, concussion, gasoline
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315724153 Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction

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