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Accident: 514802 - One Employee Killed, One Injured When Pipe Releases Pressure

Accident: 514802 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/14/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11034135103/22/19902911Citgo Petroleum Corporation-Lcmc
At approximately 11:35 p.m. on March 14, 1990, Employees #1 and #2 were working in the C-cat unit at the Citgo Refinery in Lake Clade, LA. They were standing on an overhead pipe rack cracking a valve on a 10-in.-diameter steam line to allow steam to flow into downstream piping. The pressure in the line was approximately 250 OPR. There was a sudden unexpected rupture in two 10-in.-diameter steam lines approximately 10 ft upstream from where the employees were working. The sudden eruption of steam knocked Employee #1 from the pipe rack 15 ft to the ground. He suffered a head fracture and died on March 20, 1990. Employee #2 was knocked onto the pipe rack, and he sustained shrapnel wounds to his back. The employees were not wearing fall protection.
Keywords: head, steam line, work rules, rupture, back, high pressure, fall, fall protection, pressure release, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110341351 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
2 110341351 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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