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Accident: 843029 - Employees Killed In Gas Line Explosion And Fire

Accident: 843029 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 08/19/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10897730708/20/19921623Ohio Bell Telephone Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10897725708/20/19921731Town And Country Industries, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10897729908/20/19924922Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation
Ohio Bell hired Town and Country Industries as a subcontractor to lay fiber optic cable from Lancaster to Zanesville, Ohio. On the morning of August 19, 1992, the contractor made a crossing of three large natural gas lines belonging to Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation. The lines run from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey. The crossing went without incident. The company knew that it would cross the same lines again just ahead. At approximately 4:45 p.m., two employees who were pre-ripping the cable path struck one of the unmarked gas lines. There was an explosion and fire. Employees #1 and #2 were incinerated. The Texas Eastern gas line was 26 inches in diameter and pressure in the line is estimated to have been between 800 and 1,000 psi. Employee #1 was operating the bulldozer-ripping machine. Employee #2 was walking alongside the piece of equipment looking for flags or markers. At the time of the accident, he was being trained by Employee #1.
Keywords: explosion, burn, fire, pipeline, telecom work, communication cable, work rules, construction, high pressure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108977307 Occupation Not Listed
2 108977257 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 108977257 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 108977299 Occupation Not Listed

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