350-Degree Steam Sprays Workers at Univ. of Utah; 12 Injured

11/02/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Salt Lake City, UT—A high temperature-high pressure water pipe leak at the University of Utah has left 12 people with injuries ranging form serious to critical on Monday, November 1, 2010. The steam leak occurred at the HPER building parking lot near the Huntsman Center and the soccer field, as reported by NBC 4.

The steam leak occurred inside two underground steel chambers, positioned about 50 yards apart, which has a high-pressure, high temperature water pipe. The pipe exploded because water was leaking into the pipe, which should have been shut off. The leaking water turned into steam in the pipe and subsequently spilled out. The estimated 350-degree water inside the pipe sprayed onto the workers, leaving them with serious injuries.

Two people sustained critical injuries and five others suffered serious injuries. Because of the intense heat of the steam, the workers were left with internal and external injuries. Five of the victims primarily had external injuries.

The workers were transported to the University of Utah Medical Center for treatment. Five other people were taken for observation, because they may have inhaled the steam.

Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) are expected to conduct an investigation.

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