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Accident: 170195754 - Employee'S Back Injured When Struck By Falling Pipe

Accident: 170195754 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 12/03/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11189773201/04/19911381Tim Young Service Co.
At 2:00 p.m. on December 3, 1990, Employee #1 was removing pipe from the hole of a natural gas well drilling rig. He had just unhooked a joint of pipe and, without sliding the pipe out of the way, went to hook up to the next joint. The first joint had a bend near the top, which made it top-heavy. The pipe rotated and rolled out of the chute, striking Employee #1 in the back as he was squatting to hook the elevators on the next pipe. He sustained potentially serious back injuries and was admitted to U.C. Davis Medical Center for a week for observation. He later entered Enloe and Willows Hospital for treatment of pain resulting from a bruised spinal cord. Employee #1 had 8 or 9 years of experience on drill rigs.
Keywords: spine, back, pipe, struck by, falling object, gas well drilling, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111897732 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Drillers, oil well

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