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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 202485371 - Employee Injured When Struck By Pressurized Pipe Cap

Accident: 202485371 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 06/22/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12020243707/06/20071711Reese Mechanical
On June 22, 2007, Employee #1, an apprentice plumber, was tasked to repair a leak by his field manager. He was told to unscrew the cap on a pressurized line to release the pressure. Employee #1 was unscrewing the cap, listening for a hissing sound as instructed by his field manager, when the cap blew off and struck him on the left side of his face. He sustained bruising and a temporary hearing and vision loss, but did not require hospitalization.
Keywords: work rules, construction, inexperience, pressure piping, high pressure, struck by, flying object, face, pressure release, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 4 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120202437 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other

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