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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123411217 - Galbraith Electric Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 123411217Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 06/09/1994

Galbraith Electric Co.
201 W. Marcy
Big Spring, TX 79728
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: P.O. Box 2665, Abilene, TX 79604

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/10/1994
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:06/17/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 550509Event: 06/08/1994Employee Dies In Explosion After Using Torch On Asphalt Tank
Employee #1 was directed to use an open-flame propane torch to unclog a pipe line/elbow on top of an asphalt tanker trailer. The pipe line/elbow was blocked with solidified asphalt. The blockage was suspected to be located at the pipe elbow on the gasoline-powered submerged pump. The employee checked the side motor mount area with a live, open-flame propane torch while the internal asphalt tanker heaters were operating (heating the asphalt and creating off-gassing within the tank's interior). It is suspected that the torch ignited combustible vapors/gases that were seeping out around the motor mount. The explosion blew the submerged pump off its mount and into the employee's upper body and head. The employee was blown off the platform and landed on the ground. He was burned over his upper body by the flash fire. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
Keywords: head, explosion, burn, fire, work rules, vapor, construction, gas, propane torch, asphalt
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123411217 Occupation Not Listed

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