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Accident: 170628739 - Employee'S Face Injured When Struck By Valve Cover

Accident: 170628739 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/23/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12565381612/23/19972032Tri-Valley Growers
Employee #1 had been assigned to clear debris from the water filter valve at a new water treatment plant. Every time the small filter became clogged, she was to shut off the valve, unscrew its cover, clear out the debris, reinstall the lid, and re-open the valve. The valve was becoming clogged every 15 to 20 minutes and she performed the entire cleaning routine several times under the guidance of the first-shift worker. When the filter next needed cleaning, Employee #1 took off the cover before the pressure was fully released. The cover broke loose and struck Employee #1 in the face. She suffered a fractured jaw, facial laceration, and the loss of two or three teeth.
Keywords: fracture, unsecured, work rules, clogged, high pressure, valve, struck by, flying object, face, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125653816 Hospitalized injury Concussion Laborers, except construction

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