Incident Notice 2014-21

Incident Notice 2014-21

Type: Fatality

Industry: Meat Processing

Incident Summary:

In an attempt to remove a blockage from a pipe system, workers were adding steam and water into the blocked line. A worker was later draining the pipe system when a sudden surge of water and steam was released onto him causing serious burns. The worker died from the injuries on September 28, 2014.

Safety Reminders:

  • Ensure that all sources of hazardous energy release have been identified, isolated and secured.
  • Assess hazards when work site conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
  • When a piping system containing a harmful substance under pressure is being serviced, work is not performed until the flow in the piping has been stopped or regulated to a safe level and the location where the work is carried out is isolated and secured.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2015-06-03
PID: 15177

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