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Accident: 37656.015 - Employee Using Torch Causes Explosion And Is Killed

Accident: 37656.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 01/03/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
810321.01501/04/2013Herod Industries Inc.
At approximately 10:27 a.m. on January 3, 2013, Employee #1 was connecting a tanker truck to a 300 barrel tank to offload produced water from an oil well. The hose and connection were frozen and he used a propane torch to heat up the hose to allow it to bend to make the connection with the tank. While heating the hose an explosion occurred and Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: torch, explosion, fire, oil well drilling/servicing, natural gas, combustible liquid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 810321.015 49 M Fatality Concussion Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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