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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 100345974 - Alliance Fluid Power, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Mobile

Nr: 100345974Report ID: 0418600Open Date: 07/21/1986

Alliance Fluid Power, Inc.
Ocean Marine, Inc., 315 Powell Ave.
Bayou La Batre, AL 36509
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3731/Ship Building and Repairing
Mailing: P. O. Box 16784, Mobile, AL 36616

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/25/1986
Planning Guide: Safety-Maritime Close Case:04/14/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360712152    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $350 $0 $0 $0 $0 $350
Current Penalty $175 $0 $0 $0 $0 $175
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19150097 E 01/20/1987 01/27/1987 $175 $350 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14352918Event: 07/21/1986Employees Burned In Fire And Explosion On Ship Fuel Tank
TWO CONTRACTORS WERE WORKING INSIDE THE ENGINE ROOM OF A VESSEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE PORT AND STARBOARD FUEL TANKS HAD BEEN FILLED WITH 2000 GALLONS OF #2 DIESEL FUEL. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING AN OXYGEN-ACETYLENE WELDING TORCH TO HEAT A PLASTIC TUBE SO IT COULD BE STRETCHED TAUT BETWEEN FITTINGS ON THE PORT FUEL TANK. A STRUCTURAL ERROR HAD BEEN MADE ON THE PORT FUEL TANK DURING FABRICATION; THERE WAS A 3/4-INCH HOLE IN THE WALL OF THE FUEL TANK WHICH HAD NOT BEEN PLUGGED. THE EMPLOYEE APARENTLY RESTED HIS WELDING TORCH IN THE HOLE AND IT IGNITED THE DIESEL FUEL VAPORS INSIDE THE TANK, RESULTING IN A FIRE AND EXPLOSION. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF SEVERE BURNS. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURNS. EMPLOYEE #4 WAS TREATED FOR LACERATIONS AND RELEASED.
Keywords: leak, diesel fuel tank, flammable vapors, explosion, burn, acetylene torch, fire, ship
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 100345974 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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