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UK HSE: fatal incident using high pressure water jetting equipment

What happened?

The UK Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a company after a worker suffered a fatal injury using high-pressure water jetting equipment for industrial cleaning purposes. An employee was using a high-pressure jet washer to clear paint residue from pipes.  During the process he was struck by the end of the flexi-lance, causing a fatal injury.

What were the causes?

HSE investigation found that the company recognised the risks of operating high-pressure water jetting equipment, but they had failed to put in place appropriate measures to mitigate the risks [IMCA emphasis].  They had not implemented or enforced the use of various control measures such as a pressure regulator or an anti-ejection device, which were missing at the time of the incident and, training and supervision were also not up to standard.

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Safety Event

Published: 6 December 2020
Download: IMCA SF 33/20

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