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Accident: 118089.015 - Employee Is Killed When Sprayed With Pressurized Hot Water

Accident: 118089.015 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 03/07/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1387647.01503/07/2019Harold Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
At 8:30 a.m. on March 7, 2019, Employee #1 was attempting to stop a leak in a hot water central heating system. The attempt to stop the leak exacerbated the leak and the system started spraying out treated, scalding hot water. The employee experienced respiratory distress resulting from a pre-existing condition (Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease) exacerbated by inhalation of propylene glycol aerosols and possible thermal burns from hot water under pressure. The employee was killed.
Keywords: respiratory tract, inhalation, leak, hot water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1387647.015 71 M Fatality Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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