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Accident: 170209860 - Employee Slightly Injured In Boiler Explosion

Accident: 170209860 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 02/03/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11974808502/08/19947011Imperial Hotels Inc., Dba Econo Lodge
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 1994, Employee #1, an Econo Lodge employee, was working in a room in which the motel's main water heater boiler was located when, without warning, the heater exploded. The explosion blew a hole in the adjacent wall, and fragments of the boiler injured Employee #1, but not seriously and not requiring hospitalization. When the water heater's pressure relief valve was removed and inspected, it was found to be clogged by what appeared to be heavy rust deposits, and therefore not in operating condition. The heater was also lacking a water level switch.
Keywords: boiler, clogged, explosion, valve, water heater, hotel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119748085 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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