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Accident: 202692232 - Tank Explodes, Kills One And Injures Another

Accident: 202692232 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 12/11/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31670267912/11/20130761Big Valley Labor Inc.
On December 11, 2013, Employee #1, a 33-year-old male and Employee #2, a 23-year-old male with Big Valley Labor Inc., were working on an old used 300 gallon tank at a ranch. In addition, of the two workers from with Big Valley Labor Inc., there was a ranch foreman, representing the ranch management company; Bavaro Inc., on the jobsite. Employee #2 was grinding on the tank with a wire cup brush to clean it up. After Employee #2 finished, Employee #1 approached the tank with an oxy-acetylene torch to braze some small holes. As Employee #1 touched the end of the torch to the tanks hole, the tank exploded, and killed Employee #1. Employee #2 and the foreman from the ranch sustained serious injuries and burns in the explosion that required hospitalization.
Keywords: burn, welding, torch, explosion, tank, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316702679 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction
2 316702679 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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