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Accident: 201856788 - Employee Is Decapitated By Pot Lid

Accident: 201856788 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 09/06/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31010283509/07/20061799Special Coatings Llc
Employee #1 was standing on a ladder on the side of 8-ton sandblasting pot using a claw hammer to loosen the 12-ft, 20-lb lid on top of the pot. The pot was pressurized to 140 psi and contained coal slag which was used as the sandblasting agent. The lid was held in place by 5 bolts and tightening handles. As Employee #1 loosened the lid, a sudden release of air pressure and slag occurred. The lid was blasted upward and Employee #1 fell backward to the ground. Employee #1 was killed when he was decapitated either by the lid, or by being blown back from the pot and striking the frame of the hopper over the pot. His head was found approximately 153 ft from the pot.
Keywords: air pressure, head, sand pot, bolt, struck by, flying object, decapitated, sandblasting, hopper
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 120 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310102835 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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