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Accident: 201487907 - Plumber Is Struck In Face By Flying Object And Loses Eye

Accident: 201487907 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 06/17/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12575930807/19/20051711J.R. Pierce Plumbing Co., Inc.
On June 17, 2005, a plumber was testing piping at a residence under construction. The employee inflated a rubber Cherne Long Test-ball, Model Number 83644, designed for a maximum pressure of 30 psi, with carbon dioxide from a 700 lb cylinder. The cylinder had no pressure regulator or pressure gage. During a routine plumbers test, the plumber was struck in the face by an overinflated rubber test plug, which catastrophically ruptured. He sustained facial injuries, damage to his right eye, and loss of his left eye. He remained hospitalized for three days. The employee was not wearing safety glasses.
Keywords: eye, work rules, construction, equipment failure, rupture, test equipment, high pressure pipe, high pressure, plumbing, face
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125759308 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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