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Accident: 14321087 - Employee Killed When Vacuum Chamber Implodes

Accident: 14321087 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 09/11/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
81514209/12/19863769General Electric Company
Employee #1 went into a vacuum chamber testing area to look through the porthole opening in a pressurized vacuum chamber and observe the condition of a nose cone that was being tested. The 12 in. diameter glass in the porthole opening imploded, causing Employee #1's head and one arm to be pulled into the vacuum chamber. He died of crushing head injuries and asphyxia.
Keywords: head, asphyxiated, implosion, equipment failure, crushed, vacuum vessel, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 815142 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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