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Accident: 14495006 - Employee Killed When Burned By Steam From Ruptured Boiler

Accident: 14495006 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 09/22/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10241659109/23/19877389United States Pollution Control, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10241660909/23/19877389Delta Ecology Incorporated
EMPLOYER #1 WAS USING A PORTABLE BOILER AND HEAT EXCHANGER TO HEAT CONTAMINATED WATER AT A HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE. IN THE PIPING BETWEEN THE BOILER AND HEAT EXCHANGER WERE TWO VALVES AND A STRAINER WHICH WERE MADE OF CLASS 125 B CAST IRON. THE BOILER WAS OPERATING AT 200 PSIG TO 225 PSIG. THE CAST IRON EQUIPMENT WAS RATED AT A MAXIMUM OF 145 PSIG. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING BESIDE THE STRAINER WHEN IT RUPTURED, SPRAYING STEAM HEATED TO ABOUT 380 DEGREES ONTO HIM. HE DIED FROM THE SEVERE BURNS HE RECEIVED. THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO PRESSURE ABOVE ITS CAPACITY, OR A SUITABLE RELIEF VALVE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INSTALLED. THE BOILER WAS A PORTABLE TRACTOR TRAILER MOUNTED TYPE.
Keywords: burn, pressure vessel, work rules, rupture, steam, hazardous waste, high pressure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102416591 Occupation Not Listed
2 102416609 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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