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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 104240445 - C And T Welding And Repair

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 104240445Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 12/22/1989

C And T Welding And Repair
808 West Main Street
Waukon, IA 52172
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7692/Welding Repair
Mailing: R.R. 2 - Box 98, Lansing, IA 52151

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/11/1990
Close Case:02/19/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $100
Current Penalty $100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $100
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100252 D03 I 01/29/1990 02/01/1990 $100 $100 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 827394Event: 12/20/1989Employee Killed, Two Injured In Tank Explosion And Fire
Employee #1 was welding on a 100 gallon diesel fuel tank. He had purged the tank with a non-combustible gas, either argon or nitrogen, prior to welding. The employee tested the tank after welding and found a small pinhole. He struck an arc on the tank and the fuel tank caught fire and exploded. He had not purged the tank a second time. Employees #2 and #3 were burned trying to put out the fire that engulfed Employee #1. He was fatally injured and the other two employees were seriously injured. Employee #2 received burns on her hands and arms. Employee #3 received burns on his hands, face, ears, and back. The burning ceiling fell on Employee #3 before he was completely out of the fire area.
Keywords: burn, diesel fuel tank, work rules, fire, ear, welding, back, explosion, face, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104240445 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers
2 104240445 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers
3 104240445 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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