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Accident: 102569.015 - Employee Dies After Being Caught In Auger

Accident: 102569.015 -- Report ID: 0454711 -- Event Date: 01/25/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1290603.01501/25/2018Bellsouth Telecommunications Llc
At 2:00 p.m. on January 25, 2018, an employee was working for a telecommunications firm that provided both wired and wireless service. He was preparing to bore underneath a road to run cable from a customer's house to a pedestal across the road. The employee was working alone. He was using the drilling attachment of a Model 410sx Ditch Witch trencher, with an approximate 22-millimeter (0.875-inch) auger tip and at least three 3.0-meter (10-foot) bore rods. The employee approached the machine's auger tip while the engine was engaged. As he bent down, his jacket got caught in the auger tip. The drilling attachment had 1017 newton-meters (750 pound-feet) of torque. It had an operating speed of 185 to 240 rpm. The employee was pulled into the auger tip and subsequently the boring rod. He sustained crushing injuries as a result. Emergency medical service providers responded. They used a hydraulic rescue tool (the jaws of life) to cut him free from the machine and performed CPR at the scene. The employee was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Keywords: power take-off, trench, auger, cable tv work, clothing, crushed, machine guarding, emergency response, cpr, caught by, auger mechanism, trench digger
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1290603.015 61 M Fatality Other Telecomm: Line Installers And Repairers

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