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Accident: 106598.015 - Employee Is Injured When Residue Inside Welding Pipe Explode

Accident: 106598.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 01/04/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1289371.01501/23/2018Petrochem Materials Innovation, Llc
At 9:30 a.m. on January 4, 2018, Employee #1, employed by a paving materials company, was working at the employer's plant. He was tack welding safety signs throughout the plant. Employee #1, working from a scissor lift, attempted to weld a sign to a tank's vent pipe. Residue within the pipe overheated and exploded, causing flames and smoke to release from the pipe. In addition, the overpressure within the pipe created a high-pitched noise. Employee #1 descended from the scissor lift. Emergency services were called, and the fire department responded. Employee #1, emotionally shaken, was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for an eardrum irritation and released.
Keywords: pipe, smoke, tank, welding, confined space, fire, construction, aerial lift, venting, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1289371.015 29 M Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Welders and cutters

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