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Accident: 201079464 - Employee Leg Is Crushed And Amputated When Tank Falls

Accident: 201079464 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 09/02/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31722976309/06/20130252Pine Hill Egg Ranch

At approximately 2:30 p.m., on September 2, 2013, a ranch foreman, at an egg ranch was assigned by the employer to remove two above ground fuel tanks in preparation for demolition of an old barn building. The employee was standing under the tank support structure, and was removing bolts that held the two tank supports together, thinking that they could then remove the tank with the metal stand using a loader. Employee #1 did not know that once the cross braces were removed, there was nothing holding the sides of the support structure together. The employee was unable to get out from under the tank as it fell crushing his right leg. Employee #1 was transported to Palomar Hospital where, his crushed leg was amputated above the knee. Employee #1 was in a coma for two weeks. The employee was hospitalized for over one month.

Keywords: amputated, demolition, diesel fuel tank, crushed, fall, tank, leg

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317229763 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors, farm workers

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