Welder killed in tank explosion.
NIOSH 2000 Sep; :1-8
A 44-year-old male welder was killed while welding on a 55-foot wastewater recovery tank. At the time of the incident, the victim was in the process of welding a pipe onto an empty tank. Residual material from inside the tank ignited and the tank exploded. Fire and emergency medical services arrived and located the victim's body outside of the building across the road. Based on the findings of the investigation, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that a competent person inspects all hot work sites and tests conditions within containment vessels and associated structures; 2. Ensure that structures contaminated with organic materials are never inerted with steam; and, 3. Ensure workers are capable of recognizing and avoiding hazardous situations.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Training; Safety-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Metal-fumes; Metal-industry; Metal-industry-workers; Burns; Welders; Cutting-tools; Explosions; Explosive-atmospheres; Explosive-gases
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services