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Accident: 201408655 - Employee Is Struck By Flying Lid, Later Dies

Accident: 201408655 -- Report ID: 0552651 -- Event Date: 04/22/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31612629104/22/20131711Platinum Mechanical Inc
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on April 22, 2013, Employee #1, a laborer, and a coworker from different companies were removing the guide rails, floating lids and associated equipment from digester tanks in a sewage treatment facility. The employees were removing the guide rail on one of the digester tanks that was full of sewage, using a cutting torch. Employee #1 and the coworker started cutting the bolts on the center hub of the floating lid. The sparks and slag ignited the methane gas that had accumulated under the hub, propelling the lid 8 ft into the air, and struck the employees. Employee #1 and the coworker were transported to an area hospital, where Employee #1 later died.
Keywords: rail, natural gas, torch, spark, struck by, flying object, guide, tank
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316126291 Fatality Strain/Sprain Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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