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Accident: 691329 - Two Employees Injured In Tank Explosion And Fire

Accident: 691329 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 09/23/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10557777909/24/19875093Utah Barrel Inc.
Employee #1 was using a cutting torch to cut into a partially drained portable metal tank containing diesel fuel. The tank exploded, engulfing him in flames. Employee #2, who was standing nearby watching the operation, was blown backward by the explosion. He was burned while extinguishing the flames that were burning Employee #1. Employee #1 was hospitalized. The tank had not been purged and cleaned before cutting.
Keywords: burn, diesel fuel tank, work rules, fire, explosion, tank, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105577779 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction
2 105577779 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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