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A 60-year-old Hispanic maintenance worker killed when a pressure vessel exploded; eight others injured.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 08NJ003, 2009 Jun; :1-8
On January 15, 2008, a 60-year-old male Hispanic maintenance worker was killed when a large pressure vessel exploded. The victim worked for a foundry in northern New Jersey. On the day of the incident, the victim and two other workers were in the process of testing the vessel for leaks, following repairs to the front access hatch of the unit, when the hatch blew off and landed approximately 38 feet away. The victim was standing in front of the hatch checking for leaks as another employee (standing to the side of the vessel) increased the pressure. The fatal injury occurred when the vessel was overpressurized and the front hatch exploded outward, striking the victim. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1.) Employers should ensure that pressure vessels are not pressurized above allowable limits, all pressure relief valves are properly functioning, and that any repairs to this type or similar pressure units be conducted by a certified worker. 2.) Employers should ensure that workers are properly trained on the safe operation of pressure vessels and are knowledgeable about the associated hazards. 3.) A safety and health plan based on a job hazard analysis should be developed and followed at the worksite.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Pressure-testing; Protective-equipment; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08NJ003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division