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Accident: 202344255 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Tank Explosion

Accident: 202344255 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 11/19/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30717819411/19/20031542Qrc, Inc.
On November 19, 2003, Employee #1 was cleaning an underground tank (already aboveground), using a circular gas saw to cut an opening for access to the tank, when the gas saw ignited combustible vapors inside the tank, causing an explosion that killed Employee #1 instantly and injured an employee from another company. The convenience store in front of the tank being cut was totally destroyed due to the fire following the explosion caused by propane tanks stored in front of the building
Keywords: construction, tank cleaning, circular saw, explosion, chemical vapor, tank
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307178194 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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