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Accident: 170763080 - Employee'S Leg Fractured When Struck By Pipe

Accident: 170763080 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/22/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12014587511/18/20021381Coso Operating Co
On October 22, 2002, Employee #1, an operator, was blowing condensate off of the pipe line through drop pots. The accident occurred in the field between two well pads on a 20-in. pipe line. To blow off the condensate, Employee #1 attached a 2-in. pipe with a 90-degree fitting to a straight piece of the pipe with a 45-degree fitting on the end. When Employee #1 opened the valve that had 100-psi pressure behind it, the pipe and fittings began to spin off of the pipe line because they were not tightened properly. The pipe and the fittings spun off and hit Employee #1 in the lower right leg causing a slight fracture. He was hospitalized at the Ridgecrest Hospital.
Keywords: fracture, construction, pressure piping, pipeline, valve, blowout--oil well, pipe, struck by, flying object, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120145875 Hospitalized injury Fracture Power plant operators

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