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Accident: 100359.015 - Employee Is Sprayed By Boiling Water And Extensively Burned

Accident: 100359.015 -- Report ID: 0418500 -- Event Date: 10/25/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1274231.01510/31/2017Tri State Utilities
At 6:00 p.m. on October 25, 2017, Employee #1, employed by a utilities company, was engaged in sewer line work at a military housing area. He was installing a lining to waterproof an existing sewer pipe. The installation involved the use of boiling water in the liner. When the water did not drain properly, Employee #1 reentered the manhole and used a Sawzall reciprocating saw to cut the pipe li ner. The scalding water sprayed upward at high pressure, striking Employee #1 a nd burning his upper body and legs. His face was protected, because he was wear ing a full face respirator when he entered the manhole's confined space. Emerge ncy services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He w as admitted and treated for second degree burns over 40 percent of his body.
Keywords: burn, confined space, construction, hot water, pipe, ppe, pressure release, saw, sewer, torso
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Alteration or rehabilitation   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1274231.015 46 M Hospitalized injury Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Waterproofing

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