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Accident: 686329 - Employee Killed When Struck By Ruptured Pressurized Tank

Accident: 686329 -- Report ID: 0855610 -- Event Date: 11/07/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10786577611/14/19891611Rissler & Mcmurry Company
A 1,000 gallon atmospheric storage tank containing approximately 750 to 900 gallons of antifreeze was being pressurized with a 130 psi air compressor to check for leaks in a boiler heating system. As Employee #1 further opened the line valve to get more fluid flowing into the system, one end of the tank ruptured. The force propelled the skid mounted tank 8 to 10 ft into Employee #1, hurling him 10 ft from the tank through an open doorway into the building. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: air pressure, maintenance, construction, storage tank, rupture, high pressure, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107865776 Fatality Other Crane and tower operators

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