Rackman burned in refinery explosion in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1992 Dec; :1-3
A 30 year old male rackman died in an out-of-state burn center approximately 16 hours after having been involved in a preventable explosion and fire at an in-state refinery. The victim was near the control valve of a vented, non-pressurized tank containing a combination of butane, propane and hot waste oil, when a fire and explosion occurred, burning 95% of the victim's body and injuring five other workers in the area. Emergency services responded quickly, and the victim was received by a local emergency room within 40 minutes of the incident, and enroute to a burn center around an hour and a half of the occurrence. City, county and state law enforcement agencies had begun traffic control, city and county fire equipment was on the scene, and an emergency management command post had been set up within 30 minutes of the incident. Potential at-risk persons in the area were evacuated, and resources including a free coffee and sandwich canteen were established. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Improved procedures for safety training for employees and contract employees. 2. Improved procedures for temporary storage of materials during storage tank repair.
Region-8; 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; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; Burns; Explosion; Explosive-hazards; Explosion-prevention; Oil-industry; Oil-refineries; Oil-refinery-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health