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Accident: 201700143 - Employee Injured When Struck By Flying Object

Accident: 201700143 -- Report ID: 1054115 -- Event Date: 09/22/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12670640709/24/19975191J R Simplot Company
On September 22, 1997, Employee #1 received fractures to his right hand and wrist while unclogging a pipe. A drain unclogger was inserted into a six inch diameter pipe. Water at 90 psi was injected into the pipe to force the clogged material through the pipe. A water line connection failed, causing the unclogger bladder to instantly deflate. Air pressure in the pipe forced the unclogger out of the pipe at high velocity. The unclogger struck Employee #1's hand and smashed it against an overhead framework.
Keywords: air pressure, fracture, cleaning, clogged, bladder, pipe, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126706407 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations

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