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Accident: 201142718 - Employee'S Eye Is Injured When Compressed Air Line Fails

Accident: 201142718 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 07/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30085541807/22/20023299Advanced Ceramic Technology
On July 2, 2002, Employee #1 was working for Advanced Ceramic Technology, a manufacturer of small ceramic parts for the defense industry. While he was turning off a compressed air line made of 0.75-in. PVC, it fractured. One piece struck Employee #1's left eye. He was hospitalized for treatment, and the eye was replaced with a prosthetic. PVC pipe is an inappropriate material for compressed air lines.
Keywords: eye, compressed air, equipment failure, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300855418 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

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