Alert 12 – 24 Misuse of High Pressure Cleaner Results in Injury
The injured person (IP) was assisting the Night Mechanic in attempting to clear the cellar pump suction line which is used to empty the cellar. The IP, who was a short-service employee with only three (3) days on the rig, held the hose while the Night Mechanic used the high pressure wash down gun inside the hose. When the Night Mechanic activated the gun, the high pressure spray from the gun took him by surprise. The high pressure wash down gun kicked up and the nozzle swiped the IP across his face from his chin to his right ear.