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Accident: 950428 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Fuel Tank Explosion

Accident: 950428 -- Report ID: 0355122 -- Event Date: 02/18/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12546981702/18/19971799W.E.L., Inc.
Employees #1 and #2 were dismantling a 10 ft by 17 1/2 ft gasoline storage tank using acetylene cutting torches when the tank exploded. Shrapnel from the tank decapitated Employee #1 and seriously injured his coworker. Employee #2 is currently at the University of Virginia Burn Center, and is not expected to survive. The tank had not been vented or purged, nor had the level been checked.
Keywords: acetylene torch, dismantling, work rules, construction, storage tank, explosion, struck by, flying object, decapitated, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Demolition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125469817 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 125469817 Fatality Amputation Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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