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Accident: 14517270 - Burned Through Contact With Hot Stem Pipes

Accident: 14517270 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 05/24/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
120868506/06/19842621Southwest Forest Industries
ON MAY 24, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 12:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS REMOVING "BROKE" FROM THE BACK SIDE OF THE PAPER MILL DRYER. HIS FIREFIGHTER'S JACKET INADVERTENTLY BECAME CAUGHT IN THE DRIVE MECHANISM OF THE DRYER. THE FORCE OF THE DRIVE MECHANISM PULLING ON EMPLOYEE #1 CAUSED THE CARBON BETWEEN THE STEAM HEADER AND THE DRIVE MECHANISM TO RUPTURE. EXPOSING THE EMPLOYEE TO THE HOT STEAM PIPES. THE FIREFIGHTER'S JACKET WAS USED AS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT BECAUSE THE PIPES WERE NOT PROPERLY INSULATED. EMPLOYEE #1 RECEIVED THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 80 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. HE IS NOW IN A BURN CENTER IN GALVESTON, TEXAS.
Keywords: burn, protective clothing, ppe, cleaning, steam, pipe, entangled
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1208685 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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