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Accident: 81065.015 - Worker Is Killed In Fire When Tractor Shank Strikes Natural

Accident: 81065.015 -- Report ID: 0950647 -- Event Date: 11/13/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1105855.01511/13/2015Jeff Alexander Farming
At 3:32 p.m. on November 13, 2015, a worker was operating a Caterpillar tractor (model number: D10N) with a shank attached to rip an approximately 5.5 foot ditc h in the soil. While ripping the soil, the tractor's shank struck a 34-inch in d iameter underground natural gas pipeline. A spark occurred, igniting the natural gas, causing a fire. The worker was overcome by the flames and was killed.
Keywords: compressed gas, explosion, fire, natural gas, pressure piping
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1105855.015 44 M Fatality Agricultural and food scientists

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