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Accident: 999375 - Employee Killed When Flammable Vapor Cloud Was Ignited

Accident: 999375 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 12/15/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10455357312/15/19872911Koch Refining Co.
AT APPROXIMATELY 2:35 AM ON DECEMBER 15, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS UNLOADING SOME REFINERY WASTE FROM A VACUUM TRUCK. WHILE HE WAS DRAINING THE WASTE FROM THE VACUUM TRUCK, A VAPOR CLOUD FORMED FROM THE LIGHT HYDROCARBON WASTE. THE VAPOR CLOUD WAS CARRIED DOWN-WIND BY AIR CURRENTS TO THE TRACTOR OF THE VACUUM TRUCK, WHERE IT WAS IGNITED. EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 95% OF HIS BODY. HE DIED AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED FOR APPROXIMATELY 12 HOURS.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, vacuum vessel, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104553573 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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