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Accident: 963728 - Grout Mixture Hit Faces And Eyes When Pipe Comes Apart

Accident: 963728 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 10/12/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10841723910/17/19891771James/Carman Joint Venture
On October 12, 1989, Employees #1 and #2 were working in a tunnel at the bottom of a shaft, which was approximately 70 ft deep and 1700 ft long. Employees #1 and #2 were using the 4-in. polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe to grout around the tunnel pipe. At the time of accident the pipe was being cleaned out by a coworker who was at the top of the shaft. When the pressurized air was sent through the pipe the pipe came apart near the tunnel entrance. The tunnel was 6 ft in diameter. Employees #1 and #2 were standing near the tunnel entrance when the pipe above their heads came apart at the coupling and a grout mixture of sand, water and cement hit them in their faces and eyes.
Keywords: eye, tunnel, cement powder, sand, air shaft, construction, pressure piping, pipe, face, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108417239 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Concrete and terrazzo finishers
2 108417239 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Concrete and terrazzo finishers

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