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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14483499 Event: 12/15/1989Employee Dies Of Steam Burns From Boiler
Employee #1 was blowing down an oil-fired steam boiler (a routine task) when a 2 in. steam pipe broke off at the threaded elbow. A 5 ft section of pipe swung around violently, breaking the feed pipe under the blow-off valve and directing steam toward the employee. Employee #1 sustained 3rd-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and died.
Keywords: burn, work rules, boiler, equipment failure, steam, pipe
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106816168 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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