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Accident: 14488886 - Employee Injured When Compressed Gas Tanks Burst

Accident: 14488886 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 04/16/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1764753804/16/19874212United Parcel Service Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1764825404/16/19878062Long Island College Hospital
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STACKING BOXES VERY HIGH ON A SKID. THERE WERE 6 CYLINDERS OF COMPRESSED GAS IN THIS DELIVERY. THE SKID OPERATOR WAS DRIVING THE SKID THROUGH A DOORWAY WHICH WAS TOO LOW FOR THE LOAD TO PASS THROUGH. WHEN THE LOAD WAS KNOCKED OFF THE SKID, THE CYLINDERS FELL TO THE FLOOR AND BURST. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING BEHIND THE SKID AND WAS KNOCKED 30 FEET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM. HE SUFFERED A BROKEN RIGHT LEG, A BROKEN RIGHT WRIST BONE, A BROKEN LEFT ARM AND INTERNAL INJURIES. THERE WERE THREE NITROGEN CYLINDERS AND THREE CYLINDERS OF MIXED CARBON DIOXIDE, NITROGEN AND HELIUM.
Keywords: cylinder, unsecured, work rules, storage area, leg, fracture, compressed gas, high pressure, arm, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17647538 Occupation Not Listed
2 17648254 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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