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Accident: 200994903 - Employee Receives Chemical Burn From Fall Into Water Tank

Accident: 200994903 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 02/01/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12742006511/02/20011623Phoenix Tank Services
Employee #1 was operating a high pressure power washer inside of a water tower. Employee #1 attempted to exit the tower using a rope ladder. Employee #1 fell from either the ladder or from the top of the tank. The height from the top of the tank to the bottom is 30 ft. Employee #1 was exposed to granular chlorine and received chemical burns. He was trapped inside of the water tower for several hours before he was rescued. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: water tower, ladder, chlorine, high pressure, chemical burn, fall, water tank, chemical, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 127420065 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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