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Accident: 201363249 - One Employee Is Killed, Four Others Are Injured In Explosion

Accident: 201363249 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 05/03/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31141514505/05/20087699Hydrochem Industrial Services, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31141454405/05/20081541M-Co, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31141514505/05/20087699Hydrochem Industrial Services, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31141454405/05/20081541M-Co, Inc.
On May 3, 2008, Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 were restarting the recovery boiler under a partial-natural-draft. The power boiler was not online at the time. The boiler exploded, and Employee #1 was blown over a standard guard railing on the South side of the sixth floor. He fell down some 25 ft on a scaffold staging. He died from blunt force trauma to the chest. His injuries included lacerations to his both lungs, diaphragm, liver, and thoracic aorta. Employees #2, #3, #4 were burned, and they were hospitalized. Employee #5 sustained sprain and strain of his ankle and was not hospitalized.
Keywords: lung, boiler, laceration, burn, chest, construction, liver, fall, sprain, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerplant Maintenance or repair $250,000 to $500,000 10 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311415145 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
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2 311414544 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Fireproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 311414544 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Fireproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion
4 311415145 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported FallDist:
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5 311414544 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Fireproofing
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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