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Accident: 201361896 - Scalding Water Kills One Worker And Injures Another

Accident: 201361896 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 12/04/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30431651612/06/20021799Structural Preservation Systems, Inc.
On December 4, 2002, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were constructing a new addition to the walls of a coker pit. The workers were raising the height of the existing coker pit walls by an additional five-feet. Four inch diameter holes 30 ft. deep were drilled into the existing coker pit walls. The two workers were vacuuming the holes to clean out water and other debris. Employee #1 had placed a two inch vacuum hose into a pre-drilled hole. Employee #1 was operating the vacuum hose, and Employee #2 was standing five to six feet away from Employee #1 at the time of the incident. Without warning, scalding water from the coker pit splashed out from the pit onto the two employees. The scalding water resulted in the death of Employee #1 and Employee #2 was hospitalized with serious burns.
Keywords: burn, construction, pit, hot water, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 4 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 304316516 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile
2 304316516 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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