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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170751424 - Employee Injured In Fall From Railroad Bridge

Accident: 170751424 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 08/20/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11951589808/21/19921629Railroad Construction Company, Inc.

Employee #1, a laborer, was working on a railroad bridge for the MTA Light Rail System. He was setting bridge timbers (ties) into place on the bridge. Employee #1 and two coworkers were using one-man tie tongs to clamp the timbers into place. When timber #124 was being set into place, Employee #1's tongs slipped off the timber, causing him to lose his footing and fall approximately 16 ft into the Patapsco River. Employee #1 suffered fractured vertebrae and lung damage. One of the coworkers used his two-way radio to call for medical help. The coworkers stayed with Employee #1 until help arrived. Employee #1 and the coworkers were not using any type of ppe to prevent them from falling. They were, however, wearing hard hats and gloves.

Keywords: fracture, lung, ppe, slip, construction, river, fall, fall protection, lost balance, vertebra

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119515898 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers

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