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Accident: 14532626 - Employee'S Spine Fractured When Struck By Falling Tank

Accident: 14532626 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 07/09/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10851807707/09/19921794Sanders & Sanders Excavation
While putting in a septic system, the equipment operator lifted a 927 lb, 1,000 gallon septic tank to set it into a prepared 13 1/2 ft deep hole. The operator, thinking that Employee #1 had climbed out of the hole, was surprised by the sudden appearance of the employee's legs below the tank. The operator suddenly stopped the swing motion of the backhoe, which caused the chain to disconnect. The tank fell about 8 feet onto Employee #1. He sustained a fracture of the spine and possible paralysis of his lower extremities.
Keywords: chain, fracture, paralysis, spine, unsecured, construction, struck by, falling object, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108518077 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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