Boiler-related deaths drop to 3-year low
Deaths from boiler and pressure vessel accidents in North America decreased to the lowest point in three years, according to the 1994 Incident Report from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. The number of accidents increased in 1994, but the decrease in the number of injuries sustained in accidents resulted in the best injury-per-accident ratio since 1992. Unfired pressure vessel operator error/poor maintenance is the leading cause of death with nine deaths between 1992 and 1994. The second leading cause is the faulty design or fabrication of unfired pressure vessels, responsible for five fatalities in the same period. Low water condition is the number one cause of boiler accidents for the third year in a row, and the second leading cause of accidents is operator error/poor maintenance.