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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201508900 - Employee Fractures Back And Head When Struck By Debris

Accident: 201508900 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 11/11/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31235440011/14/20081771M & M Partner Company, Inc

On November 11, 2008, Employee #1, a construction worker, and a coworker were working in an excavator. After releasing a load of dirt, a coworker began rotating the excavator's arm approximately 180 degrees, to pick up more dirt. While turning the arm, the coworker noticed a dirt chunk flying off the bucket towards Employee #1. Employee #1 was approximately 30 ft to 35 ft away from the bucket. The dirt chunk struck Employee #1 to his back and the top of his head. Employee #1 fractured his C1vertebrae and sustained a subarachnoid hemorrhage. When the coworker saw that the dirt chunk hit Employee #1, he stopped rotating the excavator's arm and went to assist Employee #1. Employee #1 was taken to the Eden Medical Center, where he was hospitalized. Employee #1 was not wearing a hard hat, which was left in a nearby truck. A supervisor was not at the job site, when the accident occurred.

Keywords: fracture, head, hemorrhage, construction, back, excavator, neck, struck by, flying object, vertebra
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312354400 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers

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