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Accident: 97225.015 - Employee Is Injured When Natural Gas Pipeline Vent Stack Is

Accident: 97225.015 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 02/27/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1214973.01502/28/2017Pacific Gas And Electric
At 12:15 p.m. on February 27, 2017, an employee was opening a valve of a pressurized high pressure transmission natural gas pipeline to ventilate a 12 inch off-set vent stack fitting that was installed. As the employee opened the valve, the jet force from the exhausted gas spun the unsupported vent stack from its location. the employee was struck by vent stack, fracturing his upper arm, scapula, ribs and head on his right side. He also sustained a punctured lung, concussion, and damage to his liver and kidneys, which he was hospitalized and received treatment.
Keywords: trench, valve, concussion, head, kidney, pressure vessel, lung, pressure piping, liver, natural gas, fracture, arm, struck by, pressure release, rib
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1214973.015 39 M Hospitalized injury Concussion Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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