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Accident: 77203.015 - Worker Cleaning Tank Is Hit By Pressurized Water That Cuts H

Accident: 77203.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/17/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1050517.01503/31/2015Tic, Bakersfield
At 9:40 a.m. on January 17, 2015, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by a hydro-blasting contractor, were engaged in confined space construction work. They were hydro-blasting the interior of a tank. Both were wearing PPE. Employee #1, who was holding the hydro-blasting gun, handed the gun to Coworker #1. As Coworker #1 grabbed the gun, its trigger activated. Employee #1 was shot in the right hand by water that was under approximately 10,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. Employee #1, with his hand bleeding, exited the tank. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a cut that nearly amputated the hand.
Keywords: pressure release, confined space, construction, laceration, hand, cleaning, accidental discharge, tank, tank cleaning, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1050517.015 25 M Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Inspectors and compliance officers except constr.

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