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Accident: 109079.015 - Employee Is Killed While Working In Steam Tunnel

Accident: 109079.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 09/10/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1345599.01509/11/2018University Of Northern Iowa (Uni)
Employee #1 was working in steam tunnel T-7 and was opening valves to drain wate r from steam system while coworkers were traveling to the wellness/recreation ce nter to open the valve to energize the system. The coworkers opened the valve a nd the system energized faster than normal. The employee reported that he could hear water hammering in the steam line and a steam leak was reported in the fie ld west of the towers dorm. The coworkers closed off the system and went to th e leak location. The employee stopped responding to radio calls and Emergency S ervices responded. They discovered the employee had been engulfed in steam and was unable to get out. The employee was killed.
Keywords: leak, steam, steam line
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1345599.015 61 M Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations

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