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Accident: 42180.015 - Employee Using A Welding Torch Is Killed When Vapors Explode

Accident: 42180.015 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 03/11/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
895103.01503/11/2013Rieke Grading, Inc.
At 9:30 a.m. on March 11, 2013, Employee #1, employed by an excavation company, was doing maintenance work on a vacuum unit truck. He was operating a welding torch to unfreeze either a gate or brake valve. The containment unit's gate valves were open, and flammable vapors inside the containment unit exploded. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: torch, explosion, head, ignition system, motor vehicle, flammable vapors, construction, truck, valve, welding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 895103.015 23 M Fatality Other Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

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