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Accident: 14296479 - Oxygen Tank Regulator Exploded In Employee'S Face

Accident: 14296479 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 10/02/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1885451310/02/19861622Haverhill Contracting Co., Inc.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSISTING ANOTHER EMPLOYEE IN THE REMOVAL OF A COLUMN CAN. (A 1 1/2 BY 8 INCH BOLT WAS BENT.) HE WENT TO THE COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS, TURNED ON THE ACETYLENE, THEN CRACKED THE OXYGEN VALVE. THE REGULATOR PORTION OF THE GUAGES EXPLODED IN HIS FACE, CAUSING FACIAL BONE FRACTURES, DAMAGED TEETH, IMPAIRED VISION AND HEARING, CONTUSIONS TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FACE AND 3 SEVERE LACERATIONS TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FACE. THE EQUIPMENT WAS A SMITH OXYGEN REGULATOR, SERIAL NUMBER H-1710-540. ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT, IT WAS NOTED THAT THE OXYGEN CYLINDER WAS NOT SECURED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION, BUT WAS LYING ON THE GROUND.
Keywords: fracture, regulator valve, cylinder, compressed gas, explosion, valve, face, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18854513 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Carpenters

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