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Accident: 130651.015 - Employee Is Killed When Entangled In Turning Pipe, Cable, An

Accident: 130651.015 -- Report ID: 0950647 -- Event Date: 09/29/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1495751.01509/29/2020Ventura Directional Drilling
At 11:00 a.m. on September 29, 2020, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employ ed by a heavy construction company, were engaged in horizontal drilling in a tre nch as part of a water and sewer treatment plant construction project. They had finished drilling a 1,387-foot-long pilot drill and were using a larger diamete r reamer to push ream a larger hole. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were breaking rods as Coworker #2 operated a Ditch Witch JT10 more than 1,380 feet away and ou t of sight of Employee #1 and Coworker #1. Coworker #2 turned off the drilling process without communicating to Employee # 1 and Coworker #1 that he had locked the drilling operation. Employee #1 placed hydraulic tongs on the drill pipe. Unaware of Employee #1's action, Coworker #2 turned on the drilling operation. The pipe began to turn, which caused the hydraulic hoses and the cables to catc h and wrap Employee #1 around the pipe. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: caught by, construction, drill pipe, entangled, hose, sewer, trench, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition   0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1495751.015 28 M Fatality Operating engineers FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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