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Accident: 202087375 - Two Employees Are Injured When Propane Gas Ignites

Accident: 202087375 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 12/02/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30724033312/08/20053443Harsco - American Welding & Tank
Employee #1 was preparing a 1,000-gallon propane tank to be repaired. Employee #1 opened the multi-valve of the tank to determine if there was any propane gas in the tank. Employee #1 did not smell any mercaptans and assumed the pressure in the tank was air pressure. However, the tank did contain propane gas. Employee #1 opened the multi-valve and released the contents of the tank. Employee #1 then conducted a grinding operation on the tank. Sparks ignited the propane gas. A flash fire and explosion occurred. Employee #2 was working in the area. Both employees received second-degree and third-degree degree burns and were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, fire, welder, explosion, propane, spark, face, tank, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307240333 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
2 307240333 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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