On December 2, 2003 while performing routine hydrant testing I had a 1998 Mueller Hydrant (Manufactured in Albertville Alabama) blow out of the ground hitting me in the face. The impact broke my nose, three (3) teeth and caused bruising to my chest and right arm. The nose heeled without causing any lasting problems. As of writing this, the teeth are being repaired. On July 22, 2004, the remains of one tooth were surgically removed and damage to the Maxilla was repaired via bone graft. After a 6 month heeling period surgery will be preformed to implant a permanent replacement for the tooth in February 2005.
The water department denies that the hydrant was improperly installed. They state that it must have been hit by a car. Judging from the last two pictures that would be about impossible with a transformer between hydrants and curb and no impact marks on hydrant. FirefighterCloseCalls.com thanks Alan Maxey of the City of Greer Fire Department, in South Carolina. For additional information, contact him at [email protected]