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Accident: 201157922 - Plumber Struck In Face By Bursting Plug

Accident: 201157922 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 12/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086445101/12/20041711Walters Plumbing Inc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on December 29, 2003, Employee #1, a plumber for Walters Pluming Inc., Temecula, CA, was leak testing one of five residential homes under construction in French Valley, CA. While inflating a rubber plug, 26.12 in. long and 5.5 in. outer diameter, with compressed carbon dioxide to plug the waste system for the leak test, the employee looked down into the clean-out hole to check the seal. The test plug unexpectedly burst and shot-up and out of the clean-out hole and hit Employee #1 in the left eye and face resulting in an avulsion of the left eye and a facial bone fracture. The employee was hospitalized for surgery.
Keywords: eye, fracture, construction, test equipment, pipeline, pipe, plumbing, seal, face
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300864451 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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