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Old 06-23-2010, 01:36 AM
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First off... the truck's fine... it was a potentially fatal accident at work.

At an undisclosed facility, 4 workers were under breathing air on top of a vessel when some automatic valves opened allowing a high pressure stream of toxic hydrogen sulphide gas to vent through the pipe they were all standing in front of. I was part of the high angle rescue team standing all of 20' away when the vessel blew it's top. Amazingly, every single worker made it out alive and completely unharmed... except for the streaks in their shorts. The potential for all 4 of those workers, and the rest of us around the vessel, to be killed was astronomical.

The tower that blew had silica beads in it that would have acted like a sandblaster, and the guys were so very lucky to get away from the pipe and open vessel top or they'd be looking a lot more like ragged meat than people. When it blew the resulting gas/dust cloud made it impossible for anyone to see or breath, so we all headed for the nearest place to get safely away. Not 2 minutes later, my partner and I were masked up and headed back into the gas/dust cloud to start searching for victims, and to our utter amazement, there was all 4 workers standing at the bottom of the ladder with their air packs still on, breathing away. We got them all to open their emergency egress cylinders and evacuate the area before my partner and I got out.

All in all, we were able to have a good chuckle once everyone'd gotten over the shakes and dry-heaves, just thankful that everyone got out unharmed. We all lucked out that the gas cloud didn't ignite as there wer several ignition sources, including the flre stack which the cloud was drifting towards.

Then the investigation began... and that's a whole other story.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:43 AM
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damn guy, i'm glad you are ok & the others are too
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Wow man, glad to hear you and everyone else is okay. Serious business there, a lot could have happened, especially with H2S being nothing to mess around with. Seems like you guys have a good safety policy in place, one that is actually practiced and known by the employees and that you all are on top of your game! Sorry it happened, though, must've been quite the scare. Any idea as to the cause yet? And yeah, the post-incident investigations are always fun.....not!

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Holy Crap!! glad everyone made it out ok, that way a little joke here or there isn't bad...still sucks to happen!
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WoW! That's amazing! You all are very lucky!! Glad it turned out ok!
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Dang, glad everyone is safe.
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