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Accident: 97648.015 - Employee Injured When Struck By Pressurized Cap

Accident: 97648.015 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 06/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1242427.01506/22/2017Security Fire Systems, Inc.
At 12:30 p.m. on June 1, 2017, Employee #1, employed by a company providing fire sprinkler systems, was engaged in fireproofing work at a seven-story building. He was gathering tools and material to extend a standpipe up one floor. Employee #1 began to unscrew the 6-inch Grinnell Mechanical Grooved Lock-In Cap with a ratchet and pipe wrench. He removed the cap before verifying that the pipe had been depressurized and the compressor disabled. The standpipe was under compressed air pressure, and the cap flew off and struck Employee #1's face. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a fractured jaw, a fractured nose, and a tooth that broke off when he was struck.
Keywords: struck by, face, fire ext system, lockout/tagout, nose, mouth, fracture, air pressure, construction, compressed gas
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 7
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1242427.015 23 M Hospitalized injury Fracture Fire inspection and fire prevention occupations FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)

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