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Accident: 202588380 - Construction Worker Blinded When Test Plug Burst

Accident: 202588380 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 05/04/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31532186905/09/20131711Juan Ramon Vasquez Dba Jrv Construction
On May 4, 2013, Employee #1, a 40-year-old male construction worker with Juan Ramon Vasquez Dba Jrv Construction was blinded by a test plug that burst while conducting a leak test on a new 4 in. diameter sewer line which was made of cast iron. Employee #1 said that he inserted a 2 in. diameter by 2 ft long test plug into the new cast iron sewer pipe. Employee #1 inflated the test plug with air using a compressor with a defective gauge. Later Employee #1 put water into the sewer line but a leak was still apparent. Employee #1 decided to add more air into the test plug. A few moments later with the face of Employee #1 close to the pipe, the plug exploded. The upper portion of the test plug flew back to his face and seriously injured both his eyes. The lower portion of the plug went in the sewer line. Employee #1 was transported to Highland Hospital where he was treated and discharged on May 22, 2013 with both eyes blinded.
Keywords: eye, leak, construction, test equipment, pressure piping, valve, pressure release
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 15
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315321869 Hospitalized injury Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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