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Water Jet Fatality in Hold Cleaning Operation

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By MarEx 2016-06-23 21:39:10

Local media in Sao Paolo, Brazil report that investigators are looking into a fatal accident aboard the bulker Ocean Phoenix. A contractor, Vanderley Ferreira da Silva, was killed by a high pressure water jet, which reportedly penetrated his thigh and severed his femoral artery. 

da Silva was reportedly an experienced water jet operator for a local industrial cleaning company specializing in ship's holds and shipping containers. 

"Everything leads us to believe that it was an accident with a high pressure jet, which was enough to break through the femoral artery," said police spokesman Dirceu Lopes, speaking to A Tribuna. "We are evaluating possible criminal liability with a possible indictment for manslaughter, but it's still early," he added. 

The Phoenix remains pierside in Sao Paolo. 

Fatal industrial water jet accidents are not common but they do occur; the most powerful jets have enough force to cut wood or concrete, and they penetrate skin easily. Australian authorities initiated a review of industrial regulations following a 2008 incident in a cleaning operation in which a worker lost control of the lance and was struck in the chest. Special protective equipment and careful operating practices are recommended to avoid injury.