Construction laborer dies from burns received when scalding hot water floods sewer.
NIOSH 1993 Apr; :1-5
A construction laborer died from the thermal burns received when a sewer he was working in flooded with scalding hot water. Upstream a wood and sandbag bulkhead gave away allowing the water to flood the 2.5 by 3.5 foot sewer line where the victim and two co-workers were working. The rush of water washed the men nearly two blocks downstream where they were able to rescue themselves and climb out of the sewer through a manhole. The co-workers suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 30 percent of their bodies and the victim suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60 percent of his body and survived 26 days. The Missouri Occupational Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. use slide gates instead of, or in conjunction with, conventional sewer plugs. 2. develop and implement specific confined space entry and work procedures.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Region-7
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health