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Accident: 889972 - Three Employees Injured As Gas Heat Exchanger Ruptures

Accident: 889972 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 09/28/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447790610/04/19903443Industrial Services Contractors Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447805210/01/19903312Bethlehem Steel Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447790610/04/19903443Industrial Services Contractors Inc.
At 2:00 p.m. on September 28, 1990, Employees #1, #2, and #3 had been working from a platform at the L blast furnace facility at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation installing pump sealant around the tuyere coolers. The #2 stove gas heat exchanger ruptured at a split weld seam and released a blast of pressure from the stove. Debris flew into the eyes of the three employees. They jumped from the platform and suffered bruises to their hips, kidneys, ribs, and stomachs, pulled groins, and debris in their throats. The employer provided on the job training for the employees.
Keywords: heat exchanger, elevated work plat, contusion, eye, installing, broken weld, rupture, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104477906 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
2 104477906 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
3 104478052 Occupation Not Listed
4 104477906 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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