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Accident: 14198238 - Air Receiver Ruptured; End Piece Struck And Killed Worker

Accident: 14198238 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 06/29/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482295107/03/19855511Elliott Wilson Trucks
EMPLOYEE #1 WENT TO A DIESEL TRUCK REPAIR SHOP ON A SATURDAY TO BORROW A PORTABLE AIR RECEIVER FOR HIS PERSONAL USE. WHILE IN THE SHOP HE STARTED TO FILL THE AIR RECEIVER WITH AIR FROM A LARGE COMPRESSOR/RECEIVER. HE WAS BENDING OVER, OR KNEELING ON THE FLOOR OVER, THE PORTABLE AIR RECEIVER, HOLDING AN AIR CHUCK ON THE VALVE STEM WHILE FILLING THE TANK. ONE END OF THE AIR RECEIVER RUPTURED. THE TANK END PIECE CAME OFF UNDER PRESSURE AND STRUCK THE EMPLOYEE IN THE NECK, SEVERING HIS SPINAL CORD. THE AIR RECEIVER WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A SPRING LOADED RELIEF VALVE; NOR DID IT HAVE A DRAIN PIPE AND VALVE. APPROXIMATELY 140 PSI OF AIR WAS BEING CHARGED INTO THE TANK FROM A COMPRESSOR/RECEIVER OPERATING AT 190 PSI. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED INSTANTLY. THE EMPLOYER ALLOWED HIS EMPLOYEES TO DO PERSONAL WORK ON THEIR OWN TIME AT THE WORK SITE.
Keywords: air receiver, spine, rupture, high pressure, valve, neck, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14822951 Fatality Other Bus, truck and stationary engine mechanics

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