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A Hispanic welder died when the diesel fuel tank he was welding exploded.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2007 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20033891
Abstract
A 25-year-old Hispanic welder died from injuries received from an explosion of a diesel fuel tank he was welding. The victim had just struck an arc with the welding torch when the explosion occurred. He was making a repair to a diesel tank mounted on the bed of a pick-up truck. The diesel tank still had fuel in it. The victim did not correctly purge or ventilate the fuel tank before beginning to weld. The company had no documented safety or training programs available for the employees to follow. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, an employer should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce procedures for welding on fuel tanks. 2. Establish and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in language(s) employees can comprehend. 3. Establish and maintain training and testing programs that verify and document an employee's achievement of skills.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Welders; Welding; Welding-industry; Explosion; Explosion-prevention; Explosive-hazards
Publication Date
20081214
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-100825
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-07CA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-81
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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