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Accident: 14466494 - Employee Killed By Piece Of Broken Grinding Wheel

Accident: 14466494 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 06/09/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10070125906/10/19873443C. E. Air Preheater Company - Q - Dot
Employee #1 was using an air-powered portable right-angle grinder with a 0.25-in.-thick, Type 27 specialty grinding wheel. He was cutting through a spot weld to separate two 4-in.-wide steel beams so that holes could be drilled in them. Employee #1 was leaning over the beam, holding the grinder in a vertical position, when the grinding wheel broke. A section of the wheel struck him in the chest, killing him. The grinder was not equipped with a safety guard. The model and brand of the grinder were not marked and were not known.
Keywords: chest, grinder, portable power tool, work rules, equipment failure, struck by, flying object, grinding wheel, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100701259 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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