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Dangerous Incident – Burns from Steam Release

Dangerous Incident Safety Incident Coal Mine


A worker was changing an eluate filter. The worker had isolated the pump correctly and opened the vent line. The worker removed the bolts on the far side of the filter housing and was removing
the bolts on the near side when they were scalded by a release of steam. Injuries included burns to the forearm and stomach. The worker washed and felt okay and continued to complete the task.
The worker was later in discomfort and was taken to hospital and treated for superficial burns and blisters.

Recommendations to Industry:

Mine operators should review how supervisors monitor and ensure that safe work procedures and their controls are followed. Mine operators should also review how the hazards associated with potentially stored energies are controlled. There have been several incidents over the past two months associated with the release of stored energy.

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