Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser / BC Forestlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two employees were using a steam pressure washer to clean off some mobile equipment in the yard at the end of the day. When finishing up they then used the pressure washer to clean off their work boots. After finishing cleaning off his own boots, the one employee proceeded to wash the other employees’ boots off as that employee held his leg out. A stream of hot steam/water shot up under the tongue of the worker’s boot resulting in a scald on the top of his foot.

The employee had to get medical aid treatment for the burn.

High pressure steam can cause severe burns to exposed skin, and high pressure air from an air hose onto exposed skin can cause an embolism which can be fatal.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

It is UNACCEPTABLE to use a steam cleaner or an air hose:
•on exposed skin, or
•to clean off any apparel while being worn

And always use appropriate PPE (eye protection and gloves) while using this equipment.
If in doubt about safe operation of this type of equipment ask your supervisor.

File attachments
2007-06-01 steam pressure washer leads to burn.pdf
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