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Accident: 202340485 - Explosion In Garbage Truck Hopper, One Killed, One Burned

Accident: 202340485 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 01/07/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30061571311/25/19971795Aff Corp.
On January 7, 1998, Employee #1 and Employee #2, two private sanitation company employees who worked for Aff Corporation were hit by an explosion which came from the hopper of the garbage (refuse collection) truck. Employee #1 was killed, and Employee #2 was badly burned. Police did not identify the exact cause of the explosion but reported that possibly a small (round) propane tank compacted in the truck compactor could have led to the explosion.
Keywords: burn, garbage truck, explosion, propane, concussion, tank, hopper
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300615713 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported
2 300615713 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported

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