Serious Accident - Portland Cement Facility
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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations

Barricade areas where hazards exist that are not immediately obvious.

A process control supervisor with six weeks of experience at this facility entered a waste dust discharge and collection area to unchoke a long, nearly-vertical 12-inch diameter pipe. When he struck the bottom of the pipe with a sledge hammer, fine material heated to over 1200 degrees flushed down the pipe and spilled over him. He suffered life-threatening burns.

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