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Accident: 103811.015 - Employee'S Leg Is Amputated When Caught In Trencher Blade

Accident: 103811.015 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 02/01/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1292421.01502/02/2018Landscape Lighting Of Fort Worth, Inc.
At 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were engaged in trenching work at a residential construction site. The coworker was operating a trencher machine, Ditch Witch Trencher Model Number 5700DD H514. Employee #1 was signaling his coworker, who was attempting to get the trencher close to a fence. The trencher hit hard rock and bounced up. Employee #1 became entangled in the machine's rotating chain blade. Emergency services were called, and a trauma surgeon arrived and amputated Employee #1's leg onsite. Employee #1 was then flown to the local hospital for continuing treatment.
Keywords: trench, residential construction, amputation, leg, equipment operator, entangled, trench digger, signalman, rotating knife, caught in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   1 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1292421.015 38 M Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers

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