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Accident: 83878.015 - Employee Removes Radiator Cap And Is Scalded .

Accident: 83878.015 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 01/21/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1119966.01501/25/2016A.J. Johns, Inc.
At 11:45 a.m. on January 1, 2016 an employee had been operating the Zaxis 225USLC excavator. Prior to the start of the shift, he did the preliminary check of the excavator that included oil and fluid pressures, windows, seatbelt, tracks fire extinguisher, and backup alarms. About 9:30 a.m., a coworker, the regular operator, arrived and took over the operation of the excavator. A overheat of coolant alarm sounded. He stopped the equipment. The Foreman and the coworker checked the overflow tank. The level was normal. The coworker asked the employee go on top and open the radiator cap to see if the level was acceptable. When the employee removed the cap, he was sprayed with hot coolant and sustained second degree burns. The employee was hospitalized and treated for burns.
Keywords: pressure release, accidental discharge, elevated work platform, excavator, construction vehicle, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1119966.015 35 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Grader, dozer and scraper operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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