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Accident: 200821973 - Employee'S Ankle Burned In Steam And Hot Water Release

Accident: 200821973 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 10/29/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30515782812/17/20024911Exelon Generation Co,Dresden Nuclear Power Station
An electrician was assigned to repair a portable electric power pack in a radiation-restricted heater bay in a nuclear power plant. An open-headed heat exchanger in the area gushed steam and about 1100 to 2000 liters of boiling water, which splashed onto the employee's ankle. He sustained a 230-square-milliimeter, second-degree burn. Although the employer was aware of engineering problems with the heat exchanger, the electric utility had not conducted a comprehensive job hazard assessment before sending the employee into the heater bay. The employee had not received an adequate briefing covering the nonradiation hazards of the work area and appropriate personal protective equipment before he started working in the area.
Keywords: burn, lockout, steam, heat exchanger, pressure release, ankle, hot water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305157828 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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