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Accident: 51727.015 - One Employee Is Killed And Two Are Injured In Explosion.

Accident: 51727.015 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 06/23/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
843823.01506/12/2013Ferrellgas, Inc.
At 5:33 p.m. on June 23, 2013, Employee #1, Employee #2, and Employee #3 were pu mping liquid propane gas from a 250 gallon tank to a bobtail using a gasoline po wered Krug Vapor Compressor. The 250 gallon tank was inverted and suspended fro m the service truck boom so that the valve and filter could be used to pump the vapor in to the tank and push liquid out of the tanks bottom to the bobtail. T he pressure relief valve vented shortly after the pumping started and caused liq uid to be released from the tank. The liquid changed into vapor and exploded wh en contacting an ignition source. Employee #1 was killed as a result of the exp losion and Employee #2 was hospitalized with burns on multiple parts of their bo dy. Employee #3 was treated and released on the same day for a sprained finger and fractured heel bone that occurred when Employee #3 jumped a fence to escape the explosion and fire.
Keywords: accidental discharge, burn, explosion, explosion venting, finger, hand, lp gas, material handling, propane, vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 843823.015 58 M Non Hospitalized injury
2 843823.015 45 M Fatality
3 843823.015 66 M Hospitalized injury

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