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Accident: 14568166 - Valve Ruptured; Employee Burned By Escaping Steam

Accident: 14568166 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 01/23/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10207873001/27/19862038Stouffer Foods Corporation
EMPLOYEE #1 ONE WAS ASSIGNED AS BOILER TENDER. ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT A HIGH WATER PROBLEM EXISTED. "HIGH WATER" REQUIRES A "BLOW OFF", INVOLVING THE OPENING OF A GATE VALVE, AND THEN THE QUICK OPENING OF A VALVE ON THE BACK OF BOILER #2. WHEN EMPLOYEE #1 OPENED THE QUICK OPENING VALVE THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION. THE MAIN RETURN VALVE, LOCATED ON TOP OF THE BOILER, BLEW, CAUSING EMPLOYEE #1 TO BE ENGULFED BY STEAM. HE SUFFERED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS TO HIS BODY. THE VALVE WHICH BLEW WAS A FISHER VALVE, 250 PSI. THE BOILER IS A CLEVELAND BROOKS, S/N L67619, GAS BOILER
Keywords: burn, boiler, rupture, steam, explosion, high pressure, valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102078730 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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