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Accident: 758441 - Employee Killed In Confined Space Explosion

Accident: 758441 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 06/09/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10393269506/10/19877538Paul'S Trailer Service Inc
AT 3:45 PM ON JUNE 9, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING INSIDE A SIX FOOT DIAMETER, NINE FOOT LONG COMPARTMENT IN A FORTY FOOT TANKER TRAILER. HE WAS PREPARING TO MAKE AN INTERNAL WELD REPAIR TO A BAFFLE VOID WALL. HE WAS USING A MILLER TIG WELDER. WHEN THE WELDING TORCH WAS LIT, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED. THE COMPARTMENT HAD BEEN STEAM-CLEANED BUT THE BAFFLE VOID HAD BEEN PURGED WITH AMBIENT AIR (NOT AN INERT GAS). THE EMPLOYEE WAS DEAD UPON ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL. THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS INTERNAL INJURIES RESULTING FROM THE EXPLOSION.
Keywords: tank truck, steam cleaner, work rules, welder, explosion, purging, compartment
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103932695 Fatality Concussion Welders and cutters

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