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Accident: 509844 - Employee Killed When Gasoline Cargo Tank Explodes

Accident: 509844 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 12/18/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10724310712/19/19955171Bowen Petroleum, Inc.
On December 18, 1995, a MC 306 vehicle-mounted cargo tank used to haul gasoline was found to be leaking at the rear bulkhead. To ready the tank for welding repairs, Employee #1, the shop foreman, drained the last few gallons of fuel and ran hot water through the vessel. This did not purge or remove all flammable vapors. As Employee #1 struck an arc on the tank shell with an arc welding machine, the vapors ignited and the tank exploded. Employee #1 was killed when shrapnel and baffles removed part of his head with a puncture wound. The tank was not ventilated and it had not been purged with inert gas.
Keywords: repair, ventilation, flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, purging, decapitated, gasoline, tank, arc welding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107243107 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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