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Accident: 125016.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Pipe Tongs While Boring

Accident: 125016.015 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 03/24/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1471037.01503/25/2020North Houston Pole Line, Lp
At 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2020, Employee #1 and some Coworkers, boring operators (crew), were running wire inside of drill stems, while installing a power trans mission line and as his coworkers stopped to clean the mud pit, Employee #1 then placed a pipe tong on a stem. After the mud pit was cleaned, Coworker #1, a fo reman, instructed the boring operator to initiate boring; however, the area surr ounding the pipe stems was not cleared and as result, Employee #1 was struck in the back of the head by the pipe tong attached to the stem. Afterwards, Employee #1 sustained blunt force trauma to the head and was then transported to the hos pital and later pronounced dead.
Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, cleaning, conduit, contact, drill, elec equipment--misc, elec insulation, elec utility work, electrical, electrical work, head, inattention, installing, operator, wire line
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1471037.015 43 M Fatality Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause:

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