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Accident: 68753.015 - One Employee Is Killed; One Injured In A Compressed Air Syst

Accident: 68753.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 10/21/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1004459.01510/22/2014Ivey Mechanical, Llc
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014, Employees #1 and #2 were checkin g the compressed air system in Maintenance Room #1 of the 7K pellet support buil ding. During the process of increasing the pressure into the 4-inch compressed a ir line from approximately 125psi to the test pressure of 175 psi a failure occu rred. The pressure caused the two sections of the pipe to move or shoot out in opposite direction striking and damaging the interior wall system and puncturing the exterior pre-engineered metal building envelope. The failure broke apart a 90 degree elbow which connected a vertical pipe riser to a horizontal pipe sect ion running overhead and perpendicular to the joists in the open ceiling area ab ove. The failure caused the vertical pipe to disconnect from the upper fitting while the fitting at the bottom of the vertical pipe remained in position. The top of the vertical pipe riser rotated counter clockwise approximately 165 degre es striking Employee #1 on the left side of his head and Employee #2 was struck on his arm. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: compressed air, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1004459.015 32 M Fatality Welders and cutters

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