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Accident: 756247 - Four Employees Inhale Smoke From Oil Rig Fire

Accident: 756247 -- Report ID: 0855610 -- Event Date: 03/15/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11461317703/16/19932911Frontier Refining Inc
On March 15, 1973, working in an oil refining operation, Employees #1 through #4 were starting to bring a coker on line when a 2 in. diameter by 6 in. long pipe nipple, which is attached to the heater, developed a leak. The leak, which was approximately 2 1/2 in. long and 1 in. wide, allowed hot gas-oil to flow onto hot metal and the vapors to flow to the gas-fired heaters. A large fire with heavy smoke resulted and was put out in approximately 20 minutes. Employees #1 through #4 were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. A pressure gauge or the attached piping was the initial source of the fire.
Keywords: leak, flammable vapors, heater, fire, pressure piping, smoke, refinery, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114613177 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators
2 114613177 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators
3 114613177 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators
4 114613177 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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