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Accident: 201492444 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Relief Disk

Accident: 201492444 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 02/27/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31291150608/12/20090761Esparza Enterprises
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on February 27, 2009, Employee #1 was working at a farming facility that processes, packs, and ships fresh carrots and juice nationwide. Employee #1 was positioned about 40 feet away from a pressure relief discharge port that was connected to a 6-inch diameter pipe that branched off into the main plumbing. It was through this pressurized piping system that the facility's carrot wash water was recycled. The main plumbing system measured approximately 30 inches in diameter and operated at 30 psi. In addition, the 6-inch pipe housed an engineered disk that works as a safety-relief valve to rupture when 125 psi is reached in the system. As Employee #1 was working, the disk ruptured and struck him on the side of his face. Employee #1 was hospitalized, where he was treated for lacerations to his face.
Keywords: laceration, pressure piping, valve, struck by, flying object, face, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312911506 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Laborers, except construction

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