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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 106498082 - Florida Tank Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Tampa

Nr: 106498082Report ID: 0420600Open Date: 05/11/1992

Florida Tank Services, Inc.
4701 Causeway Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33675
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7699/Repair Shops and Related Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/08/1992
Close Case:08/17/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360148282    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 16 16
Current Violations 16 16
Initial Penalty $44,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $44,450
Current Penalty $22,225 $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,225
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100106 E02 II 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $875 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100106 E05 I 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $875 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100106 E06 I 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100106 E08 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005A Serious 19100106 E09 I 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01005B Serious 19100106 E09 I 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 01006A Serious 19100157 G01 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01006B Serious 19100157 G02 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  9. 01007 Serious 19100243 C01 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $700 $1,400 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01008 Serious 19100252 A02 XIIIC 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01009A Serious 19100252 A03 I 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 01009B Serious 19100252 A03 II 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  13. 01010 Serious 19100303 B01 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $875 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 01011A Serious 19100304 F04 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $875 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 01011B Serious 19100304 F05 V 08/24/1992 08/27/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  16. 01012 Serious 19100307 B 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 01013 Serious 19101200 E01 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  18. 01014A Serious 19101200 F05 I 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $525 $1,050 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  19. 01014B Serious 19101200 F05 II 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  20. 01015 Serious 19101200 G08 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  21. 01016 Serious 19101200 H 08/24/1992 09/26/1992 $1,750 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14333595Event: 05/11/1992Employee Killed, Others Injured In Asphalt Tanker Explosion
Employee #1 was at an establishment that repairs bulk fuel transport trucks, repairing a small leak on the rear bulkhead of an aluminum tanker that had last contained an asphalt emulsion. Employee #4 was assigned as his helper. Other welders recommended opening and venting the tanker and then entering the tank to repair the leak from the inside. The company had no specific procedures for "safing" asphalt tankers, and Employee #1 apparently chose to try to repair the leak from the outside. Once the tanker was backed into the workbay, Employee #1 attempted the repair with an arc welder. The repair failed because of product contamination around the leak. Employee #1 then lowered the tanker at the front to force the remaining product to the front and away from the leak, and used an oxygen/acetylene torch in an attempt to melt the asphalt emulsion away from the leak, but did not open the top hatches and vent the tank. An explosion occurred and Employee #1 suffered fatal head injuries. Employee #4, who was next to the tanker, was knocked to the floor and suffered from ringing in the ear, dizziness, and headaches from inhalation of asphalt fumes and smoke. Employee #2 sustained bruises to his ribcage when thrown into a work bench by the explosion. Employee #3 sprained his left knee when the explosion knocked him from the top of a nearby tanker. The building was heavily damaged and the tanker was destroyed. Causal factors include: a lack of established procedures for safing an asphalt tanker before cutting/welding; inadequate supervision of welding operations; absence of employee hazard training and unsafe work practices.
Keywords: tank truck, repair, flammable vapors, venting, work rules, welder, explosion, train, asphalt, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106498082 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
2 106498082 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
3 106498082 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
4 106498082 Fatality Other Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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