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Accident: 201702123 - Employee Dies When Struck In Eye

Accident: 201702123 -- Report ID: 1054115 -- Event Date: 07/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30981424207/05/20061794Hooker Creek Companies Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30981425907/06/20061629Cascade Pump & Irrigation Services Llc

On July 4, 2006, Employee #1, a farm worker, was resetting an irrigation wheel line. While removing the lateral valve from the top of the riser, the shut off valve of the riser failed. The release of the 4-in. column of water was restricted momentarily and created a high pressure release. Employee #1 was struck in his right eye. He sustained lacerations around his right eye, as well as he severed the artery behind his eye. Employee #1 was found unconscious in a large pool of water in the field. He was transported by the Life Flight First helicopter to St. Charles Hospital, Bend. Employee #1 died from bleeding into the brain from the severed artery behind his eye five days later.

Keywords: laceration, valve, eye, construction, struck by, irrigation equipment, brain, pressure release, water
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other Under $50,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309814242 Fatality Cut/Laceration Farm workers
2 309814259 Occupation not reported

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