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Inspection: 312825979 - Rutland Timber & Trucking

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 312825979Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 04/21/2009

Rutland Timber & Trucking
380 Osprey Road
Norway, SC 29113
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
NAICS: 113310/Logging

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/19/2009
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:06/29/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100378744    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200374759Event: 04/20/2009Two Employees Are Killed When Diesel Tank Explodes
On April 20, 2009, Employee #1 and #2 were in the area of a fueling station for logging trucks. Employee #1 was fueling his logging truck from a 500 gallon above ground diesel tank. The pump began to make noise. Employee #1 opened a cap on the top of the tank because he could not see inside. He then opened his cell phone to look down inside the tank. A blue flame shot out of the tank, and the tank exploded. The explosion killed Employee #1 instantly and ejected burning fuel out of the right end of the tank that struck Employee #2. Employee #2 died from severe burns.
Keywords: diesel fuel tank, explosion, truck driver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312825979 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, forestry and logging workers
2 312825979 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Truck drivers, heavy

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