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Accident: 14371967 - Employees Injured By Rupturing Heat Exchanger

Accident: 14371967 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 09/13/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10247519109/13/19913443Altec International, Inc.
Employees #1 through #7 were injured by flying debris when a heat exchanger ruptured while being pneumatically pressure tested. The unit was enclosed in a high pressure test room, which failed to contain the blast. Evidence indicates that a high pressure air line was mistakenly connected to a low pressure stream that was then overpressurized. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized.
Keywords: equipment failure, rupture, explosion, heat exchanger, high pressure, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102475191 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 102475191 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
3 102475191 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
4 102475191 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
5 102475191 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 102475191 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
7 102475191 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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