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Accident: 200262848 - Employee Dies After Pressurized Pipe Failure

Accident: 200262848 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 05/03/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30994634105/04/20061711Klaasmeyer Construction Company, Inc.
On May 3, 2006, Employee #1 was in a trench (approximately 37 in. deep and 44 to 46 in. wide), digging dirt from around a 10-in.-diameter PVC water pipeline to locate a water leak. The pipeline was pressurized to approximately 125-130 psi with compressed air. When a section of the pipe failed, Employee #1 was blown from the trench onto the upper ground surface approximately 24 ft. away. He died in an ambulance, while being transported to a nearby hospital.
Keywords: leak, air pressure, excavation, repair, trench, abrasion, pipeline, pipe, pressure release, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309946341 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Other

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