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Accident: 827394 - Employee Killed, Two Injured In Tank Explosion And Fire

Accident: 827394 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 12/20/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10424044512/22/19897692C And T Welding And Repair
Employee #1 was welding on a 100 gallon diesel fuel tank. He had purged the tank with a non-combustible gas, either argon or nitrogen, prior to welding. The employee tested the tank after welding and found a small pinhole. He struck an arc on the tank and the fuel tank caught fire and exploded. He had not purged the tank a second time. Employees #2 and #3 were burned trying to put out the fire that engulfed Employee #1. He was fatally injured and the other two employees were seriously injured. Employee #2 received burns on her hands and arms. Employee #3 received burns on his hands, face, ears, and back. The burning ceiling fell on Employee #3 before he was completely out of the fire area.
Keywords: burn, diesel fuel tank, work rules, fire, ear, welding, back, explosion, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104240445 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.
2 104240445 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers
3 104240445 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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