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Accident: 96089.015 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion And Fire

Accident: 96089.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 05/25/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1237410.01505/25/2017Energes Services Llc
At 3:15 p.m. on May 25, 2017, two employees were preparing hot plates to use dur ing fusion of plastic piping. Other workers at the site were backfilling a tren ch. Other workers at the site were welding and using oxyacetylene torches to co nnect steel piping in a trench. The piping was connected to a crude oil tank th at had been partially emptied, but not washed out or vented. Flammable vapors i gnited and three crude oil tanks exploded. Flash fire spread to area of trench, resulting in 4th degree burns and killing one worker. Three workers sustained t hird degree burns and were hospitalized. Two workers sustained first and second degree burns, and were treated and released.
Keywords: chemical, combustible liquid, crude oil, explosion, lockout/tagout, natural gas, trench
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Alteration or rehabilitation   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1237410.015 32 M Fatality Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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