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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 tre nching work at a residential construction site. The coworker was operating a tr encher 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 th e 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 fl own to the local hospital for continuing treatment.
Keywords: amputation, caught in, entangled, equipment operator, leg, residential construction, rotating knife, signalman, trench, trench digger
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 Construction
1 1292421.015 38 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause:

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