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Accident: 570341 - Explosion While Cleaning Tank Car Containing Flammable Waste

Accident: 570341 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 08/15/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
166745008/16/19844741Mobile Tank Car Services
THREE EMPLOYEES WERE CLEANING A RAILROAD TANK CAR CONTAINING RESIDUES OF COAL TAR LIGHT OIL, A FLAMMABLE LIQUID. ONE WAS ON TOP OF THE CAR, THE OTHER TWO WERE INSIDE. THEY WERE USING STEEL SHOVELS AND A NON EXPLOSION-PROOF LIGHT INSIDE THE CAR. THE VAPORS IGNITED, KILLING THE TWO EMPLOYEES INSIDE AND BURNING THE ONE ON TOP. THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE INJURED IN THE RESCUE ATTEMPT.
Keywords: burn, coal tar light oil, flammable vapors, railroad tank car, cleaning, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1667450 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 1667450 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 1667450 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 1667450 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 1667450 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 1667450 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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