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Accident: 14233191 - Employee Killed When Struck By Pressure Vessel Door

Accident: 14233191 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 08/21/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10286960908/22/19893499Herr & Sacco, Incorporated
Employee #1 was testing a pressure vessel with air pressure in direct violation of an oral company policy. Employee #1 filled a 5 ft by 36 in. diameter pressure vessel that had an 18 in. by 21 in. manway. The vessel was designed for 14.5 psi and, instead of testing hydrostatically as told by company officials, Employee #1 filled the vessel to approximately 99 psi. The manway door, which was only 14 gauge stainless, broke away and struck Employee #1 in the head, causing a concussion. He was killed.
Keywords: air pressure, head, pressure vessel, work rules, high pressure, struck by, concussion, flying object, door
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102869609 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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