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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 816777 - Employee Killed In Tank Explosion

Accident: 816777 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 04/12/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10077096504/13/19891795R.N. Russell Welding
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10077125204/20/19891795Wesson Oil Company
Employee #1 was hired to cut up underground tanks and dispose of the pieces. A leaded gasoline tank was taken to the cutting area. The tank was flooded with nitrogen and then sampled at the exit ports. The tank was then steamed and flooded again with nitrogen. The employee again checked the tank at the ports only and said it was okay. He put the steam hose in and started to cut. When the torch punctured the tank, it blew. The tank pinned Employee #1 between the welding truck and the tank, crushing and killing him.
Keywords: flammable vapors, pinned, work rules, construction, torch, crushed, explosion, tank, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100770965 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 100771252 Occupation Not Listed

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