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Accident: 731042 - Diesel Fuel Tank Exploded While Being Welded On

Accident: 731042 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 08/16/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1535335211/30/19847692Johns Portable Welding Service
ON AUGUST 16, 1984, AT 8:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS INJURED WHEN A DIESEL FUEL TANK HE WAS WELDING EXPLODED. HE RECEIVED THIRD DEGREE BURNS TO THE FACE, CHEST, ARMS AND BACK; AND SECOND DEGREE BURNS TO THE LEGS. HE DIED ON NOVEMBER 23, 1984, AT WISHARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN INDIANAPOLIS. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS THE SOLE OWNER OF JOHN'S PORTABLE WELDING SERVICE. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT THE ROB JONES RESIDENCE ON STATE ROAD 57 SOUTH IN WASHINGTON, INDIANA. EMPLOYEE #1 FAILED TO DRAIN AND PURGE THE DIESEL FUEL TANK BEFORE BEGINNING THE WELDING OPERATION.
Keywords: burn, diesel fuel tank, flammable vapors, welding, explosion, purging, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15353352 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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