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Accident: 201562568 - Ten Employees Are Burned By Steam Inside Tunnel

Accident: 201562568 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 11/01/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31419222011/01/20101799Thermal West Industrial
On November 1, 2010, Employees #1 through #10 were working in a new section of utility tunnel on the University of Utah campus. A power failure at the High Temperature Water Plant caused a valve to open and release water that had been heated to a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam then traveled throughout the old and new sections of the tunnel system, burning all ten employees. Five of the ten employees were hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: burn, tunnel, equipment failure, steam, valve, pressure release, high temperature
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314192220 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
2 314192220 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
3 314192220 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
4 314192220 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
5 314192220 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
6 314192220 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
7 314192220 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
8 314192220 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
9 314192220 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other
10 314192220 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other

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