Inspection: 103628111 - Trac-Work, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Dallas
Garland, TX 75042
P. O. Box 1338, Ennis, TX 75120
Union Status: NonUnion
Inspection Type: Accident
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 03/15/2002
Emphasis: S:Construction, S:Construction Fatalities
Case Closed: 03/15/2002
During the removal of railroad rails for the purpose of refurbishing the tracks and ties Employee #1 was struck by a 1-cm by 0.5-cm shard of a fractured sledgehammer head. The sledgehammer head produced the single shard when it struck a punch that was being used to drive a heal filler bolt from the rail; heal filler block and joint bar. The shard struck and entered the anterior of Employee #1's neck. Upon entry the shard penetrated to a depth of 4 in. perforating the right carotid, left carotid, and left subclavian arteries; left pleural cavity; and the apex of the left lung. Employee #1 was wearing the customary and usual personal protective equipment, safety glasses, hardhat, leather gloves and steel toe boots. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords:lung, demolition, construction, neck, railroad track, struck by, artery, hand tool, railroad, puncture