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Accident: 104266.015 - Employee Engaged In Geothermal Drilling Is Struck By Falling

Accident: 104266.015 -- Report ID: 0552651 -- Event Date: 10/17/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1303897.01503/26/2018Midwest Geodrill, Llc
At 12:15 a.m. on October 17, 2017, Employee #1, employed by a drilling company, was working at a multiemployer construction project. He was engaged in the inst allation of underground plumbing conduit for a commercial building. He was oper ating a Versa-Drill Truck, Model 140x, Serial Number 1405, to drill 500 deep geo thermal holes. As Employee #1 hoisted a 20-foot-long drill pipe, the pipe fell back onto the truck and struck his head. Emergency services were called, and Em ployee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a fr actured vertebra, a ruptured disk, and a laceration to his head that required 24 staples.
Keywords: construction, drill, drill pipe, falling object, fracture, head, hoist, laceration, struck by, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1303897.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Drilling and boring machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit

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