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Accident: 998526 - Five Employees Burned In Gas Line Fire

Accident: 998526 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 06/27/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10781068106/28/19881623Northern Pipeline Co.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 27, 1988, Employees #1 through #5 were working in the bell hole with an 8 in. main natural gas line. One employee was cutting the end cap from a line, which was closed with a stopple valve 24 in. away. After the first cut was made and the torch had been shut off, the employee was going to make an outside bevel cut to connect a reducer and weld a 6 in. distribution gas line. But the stopple valve let go and a 50 ft high fire shot 12 ft out of the pipe. Employees #1 and #5, who were all working nearby, were hospitalized with burns.
Keywords: burn, fire, natural gas, equipment failure, torch, pipeline, valve, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107810681 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, n.e.c.
2 107810681 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
3 107810681 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers
4 107810681 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Excavating and loading machine operators
5 107810681 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers

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