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Accident: 14394050 - Two Employees Killed, One Injured By Live Steam

Accident: 14394050 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 10/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10161691010/22/19872621Manville Forest Products
Employees #1 through #3 and a coworker had been working inside the #1 reel pulper pit area all morning, repairing the slushmaker packing sleeve. This pit is approximately 9 ft below the second floor level where paper is manufactured and placed on a reel. After lunch, Employees #1 through #3 re-entered the pit while a coworker remained on the ledge area outside the pit. At approximately 1:15 p.m., two 4 in. lines of live steam entered the pit area, killing Employees #1 and #2. Employee #3 was hospitalized. The two steam valves had not been locked out before the employees entered the pit area.
Keywords: repair, confined space, work rules, lockout, steam, pit, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101616910 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 101616910 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 101616910 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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