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While an attempt was being made to start the diesel engine of a dragline type excavator, a severe explosion took place, the operator unfortunately being killed. The engine was normally started by compressed air from an air bottle or receiver charged to a pressure of 350 psi by a small auxiliary engine driven compressor fitted on the excavators. On an occasion when this had broken down, the air bottle was replenished by the engineer-in-charge from a cylinder of compressed air. The compressor engine remained unserviced and when the starting bottle again became depleted, the excavator operator re-charged it himself...

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