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Accident: 53146.015 - Two Employees Are Burned When Resin Ignites, One Later Dies

Accident: 53146.015 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 10/05/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
940721.01509/09/2013Tank Tech, Inc.
At approximately 12:00 a.m. on October 5, 2013, Employee #1, #2 and #3, the supe rvisor, were relining the interior of an emptied underground diesel storage tank with fiberglass. The fiberglass was applied in sheets. The resin was a two part solution consisting of a polystyrene resin and a methyl ethyl ketone peroxide a ctivator, which was applied with a roller. The two components of the solution we re pumped to the roller separately and mixed with a wand that was attached to th e roller. Two other employees were working outside the tank. One was acting as an attendant for the confined space (underground storage tank). The other employ ee (a laborer) was assisting by moving materials and supplies. The supervisor al ong with Employee #1 and #2 were working inside the tank. During the work, the d rum containing the polystyrene resin ran out. The laborer had trouble getting th e resin to come out after he switched to a full drum. The supervisor climbed out of the tank to help the laborer. When the supervisor exited the tank, a light f ell into the tank and broke. A fire started in the tank. Employee #2 stated that Employee #1 tried to stomp out the fire and his clothes started to burn. Employ ee #1 then ran to the other side of the tank to put out the fire in his clothes. Employee #2 climbed out of the tank with the help of the attendant. The supervi sor emptied two fire extinguishers into the tank and then jumped into the tank t o extract him. With the help of other people above the tank, Employee #1 was pul led out and the supervisor climbed out after him. Employee #1 and #2 were transp orted to a local hospital and later flown to regional medical center due to the extent of their injuries. Employee #2 was burned from the waist down and was rel eased from the hospital about a week later. Employee #1 was severely burned ove r most of his body and died from his burns several weeks later.
Keywords: burn, confined space, fire, flammable liquid, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 940721.015 31 M Hospitalized injury
2 940721.015 24 M Fatality

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