A waste mechanic received a burn on his left upper torso while prepping a work area around a section of steam piping for an upcoming asbestos abatement job. the worker came into contact with an energized, un-insulated, 1/4 inch steel pilot line. The steam line had not been de-energized in accordance with the hazardous energy control program. The Lock and Tag step was not completed as required by the employees performing the work because the steam system was not identified in the asbestos abatement procedure. In addition, the employees performing the task did not recognize the hazard presented by the steam line.
When working in the vicinity of systems with elevated temperatures, it is important to identify the hazard to employees, and increase their awareness of a potential burn hazard due to the elevated temperatures.
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