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Accident: 202615290 - Worker'S Face Is Fractured By Flying Manhole Cover

Accident: 202615290 -- Report ID: 1054112 -- Event Date: 12/18/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31734239212/20/20131623Tapani Inc
On December 18, 2013, Employee #1, employed by a general construction contractor, was installing pipe along a pipeline. He was conducting negative pressure (vacuum) testing. One of the plugs that had been inserted in the pipes leading into a manhole dislodged during the test. This caused fluid to back up in the pipeline. The fluid entered and pressurized the manhole, which created extreme pressure on the steel manhole testing cover. The cover blew up from the top of the manhole and struck Employee #1 in the face. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted and treated for a facial fracture.
Keywords: fracture, manhole cover, installing, construction, pipeline, struck by, flying object, face, manhole, pressure release
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317342392 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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