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Accident: 201363801 - Employee Is Struck By Pressurized Sand-Blast-Pot Lid

Accident: 201363801 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 01/30/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31530678701/30/20123731V. T. Halter Marine, Inc.
On January 30, 2012 Employee #1, a Sand-blast Pot Tender of V.T. Halter Marine Inc., was struck in the head and face by the cast-iron lid from the pressurized black beauty sand pot he was attempting to open. He did not open the pressure-relief valve and turn off plant air going to the 125 psi-rated pressure vessel. Employee #1 was attempting to prepare the pot so more sand could be added. Employees were using black beauty to sand-blast parts. Employees were getting set-up to begin blasting for the morning from the East sand-blast pot. As Pot Tender, Employee #1 climbed the pot's fixed ladder in order to open the lid and refill the pot, a task he had performed many times in the past. Employee #1 failed to depressurize the pressure vessel before opening the lid, causing the accident resulting in the death.
Keywords: head, pressure vessel, ladder, sand pot, struck by, face, sandblasting
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315306787 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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