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Accident: 14409932 - One Killed, One Injured When Overpressurized Joint Fails

Accident: 14409932 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 10/07/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
239533310/22/19871796Furmanile America, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
239534110/22/19871796U.S. Contractors, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
239544010/20/19872911Amoco Oil Company
Employees #1 and #2 were helping to pressurize a hydrogen unit heat exchange to test for leaks. The housing was removed from a floating head cover, exposing an expansion joint. Employee #2 was standing on top of the exchange tightening bolts on the floating head. Employee #1 was observing from directly in front of the expansion joint. The exchange was pressurized with nitrogen to 370 psi. Coworkers were applying a soap solution to the connections when the expansion joint failed. The front of the joint flew about 40 to 50 feet forward, striking and killing Employee #1. The force of the explosion broke Employee #2's left ankle. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: work rules, boiler, equipment failure, explosion, heat exchanger, ankle, high pressure, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2395333 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 2395341 Occupation Not Listed
3 2395440 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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