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Accident: 123273302 - Employee Killed In Fall From Elevation

Accident: 123273302 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 01/09/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12327330201/11/20011623Mercer Construction Company,Inc.
At approximately 8:21 a.m. on January 9, 2001, Employee #1 fell into a pit. While cleaning out the lift station using a water jet and a suction pump, Employee #1 fell into the wet well and hit his head on a ladder on his way down. Employee #1 also hit a ledge with some part of his body. Employee #1 landed in approximately 5 ft of raw sewage. Employee #1 broke his spinal cord. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: spine, cleaning, ladder, struck against, pit, fall, sewage
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Maintenance or repair $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123273302 Fatality Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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