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Accident: 802207 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Tank Explosion

Accident: 802207 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/04/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12648162112/04/19955093Oss Metals, Inc.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 4, 1995, Employees #1 and #2 were cutting an old underground fuel storage tank with an oxyacetylene torch. The tank had not been properly cleaned or tested for flammable vapors. When Employee #1 put the torch to the tank, the vapors ignited and the tank exploded. The end blew off, striking Employee #1 and knocking him 25 feet from the tank. He sustained fatal injuries to the abdomen and legs. Employee #2 was found 37 feet away in a trench. He was hospitalized with leg fractures. A willful citation of T8CCR 1910.252(a)(3)(i) was issued for not cleaning the tank. Other citations were issued for hazard communication, including T8CCR 1910.1200(e)(1), T8CCR 1910.1200 (e)(l)(i) and T8CCR 1910.1200(h).
Keywords: fracture, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, storage tank, welding, explosion, struck by, flying object, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126481621 Fatality Other Welders and cutters
2 126481621 Hospitalized injury Fracture Welders and cutters

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