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Accident: 200773612 - Employee Was Burned While Removing A Pipe From Compressor

Accident: 200773612 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 07/16/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30610232807/16/20041711Mechanical Alliance Service Company
On July 16, 2004, two employees were tasked to remove a compressor that failed to work. The employees reheated an existing pipe joint to remove the compressor and salvage the fitting. While the apprentice held the joint with pliers, the foreman reheated the joint to melt the brazed area. When the brazed section melted, the apprentice pulled on the joint and according to both employees, a fire plume came out of the fitting that caused burns to the apprentice's face. The apprentice was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, compressor, maintenance, repair, dismantling, fire, steel connector, pipe, disconnecting means
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306102328 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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