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Accident: 170838098 - Employee Sustained Broken Ribs After Being Struck By Pole

Accident: 170838098 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 07/18/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11962780007/18/20031799W.R. Forde Associates

At approximate 10:00 a.m. on July 18, 2003, Employee #1 was gathering and stacking brush next to a chipper, to be used to chip up the brush. An excavator was loading debris removed from the hillside and the parking lot of a church expansion project into a dump truck to be offhauled from the jobsite. The excavator was a Komatsu PC 200LC boom-type excavator. The employee had his back to the excavator. The operator of the excavator picked up an aluminum pipe light pole, about 30 ft. long, from the ground to put it in the truck. After picking it up, when he closed the claw onto the pole it swung in the bucket and hit Employee #1 in the back. Employee #1 sustained three broken ribs and was hospitalized.

Keywords: fracture, lighting fixture, rib, excavator, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition $500,000 to $1,000,000 1

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119627800 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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