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Accident: 14241756 - Employee Killed By Nail In Falling Lumber

Accident: 14241756 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 02/04/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10873982202/11/19931542Lorin Winters Construction
Employee #1 was stacking used railroad bridge timber (4 in. by 6 in. by 12 to 13 ft) containing nails and spikes. The nails had been bent over onto the lumber in several directions but one bent nail extended beyond the edge of the lumber by about 6 to 8 in. Employee #1 had just laid this piece against the outside wall of a structure to which his employer was adding a deck when the piece struck him. While he was successful in fighting off the lumber and preventing the nail from going deeper into his body, the nail did rupture a major artery in the lower neck-upper chest area. Employee #1 died from loss of blood. The lumber, with the nails bent, had been loosely stacked in the construction office area for several years.
Keywords: chest, nail, loss of blood, construction, rupture, lumber, neck, struck by, artery, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108739822 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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