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Accident: 170239966 - Employee Killed When Struck By 700 Lb Shell Cover

Accident: 170239966 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 02/08/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11541016902/08/19962911Texaco Refining & Marketing
Employee #1 was applying pressurized steam heat to a small area between the shell cover and the floating head of a heat exchanger. The vent for this area had been blocked off because the exchanger had been taken out of service. The distance between the shell cover and the floating head was less than that specified by the manufacturer. Because of this small gap, the steam could not adequately escape when the other vent was blocked. This caused pressurized steam to build up until the 700 lb shell cover blew off the exchanger and struck Employee #1. She was killed instantly.
Keywords: air pressure, venting, work rules, steam, heat exchanger, high pressure, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115410169 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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