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Accident: 69770.015 - Employee Struck By Exhaust Valve Assembly From Sandblasting

Accident: 69770.015 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 01/02/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1016194.01501/02/2015G.C. Zarnas & Company, Inc.
At 9:15 a.m. on January 2, 2015, Employee #1 was maintaining and operating sandblasting equipment. Employee #1 was operating a Marco 8 ton blast pot that was being pressurized by a Doosan Infracore Portable Power Compressor. The Marco 8 Ton Blast Pot was not outfitted with an indicating pressure gauge (instance b) and a spring loaded safety valve (instance a), but instead used the pressure relief device and indicating pressure gauge supplied on the Doosan Infracore Portable Power Compressor. An exhaust valve assembly broke free from a pressurized tank and the exhaust valve assembly pipe struck Employee #1 in the head resulting in a fatal injury.
Keywords: struck by, pressure piping, pressure vessel, air pressure
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1016194.015 63 M Fatality Fracture Painting and paint spraying machine operators

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