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Accident: 84297.015 - Employee Is Burned When Striking Buried Gas Line, Later Dies

Accident: 84297.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 04/06/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1138100.01504/07/2016Keller Construction, Inc.
At 3:00 p.m. on April 6, 2016, Employee #1 operated a Caterpillar Reclaimer/Mixer (Model Number RM350B, Serial Number CATRM350EAXW00297) over an existing gravel roadway to grade a new entrance for a multi-housing sub-division. The Reclaimer/Mixer was able to cut into the ground a maximum of 18-inches. The machine struck an underground 10-inch diameter high pressure natural gas line creating a 9 inch long by 3 inch wide hole. The natural gas ignited. Other employees were working in the area at the time of the incident. Employee #1 was burned on the back and arms and died from injuries.
Keywords: struck by, mixer, pressure piping, powered industrial vehicle, natural gas, heat
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1138100.015 44 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Operating engineers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Fall from vehicle (vehicle/construction equipment)

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