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Accident: 170340376 - Struck On Head & Fall - Failure To Release Stored Energy

Accident: 170340376 -- Report ID: 0317900 -- Event Date: 03/30/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10293398304/13/19921629Ge Power Generation Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10293393404/13/19921796F.W. Hake, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10293395904/13/19924911Philadelphia Electric Company
AN EMPLOYEE OF AN ELECTRIC UTILITY WAS WORKING FROM A WOOD EXTENSION LADDER, USING A TORCH TO CUT AWAY A SPRING-LOADED PIPE HANGER. THE PIPE HANGER WAS STILL UNDER LOAD, AND IT HAD NOT BEEN SAFEGUARDED TO PREVENT THE RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY. AS THE HANGER WAS CUT, THE SPRING HOUSING FLIPPED INTO THE AIR FROM THE RELEASE OF THE SPRING. IT CAME DOWN ON THE EMPLOYEE'S HEAD. THIS CAUSED THE EMPLOYEE TO FALL FROM THE LADDER AND STRIKE THE PAVEMENT, 15 FEET BELOW. THE EMPLOYEE'S PELVIS WAS FRACTURED AT THE SYMPHYSIS PUBIS. THE EMPLOYEE DIED IN A HOSPITAL, 8 DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT, AS A RESULT OF COMPLICATIONS RESULTING FROM THE INJURY. THE INJURY AND OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS (AN ENLARGED HEART, FLUID IN THE LUNGS, TWO 90-PERCENT BLOCKED ARTERIES, A STOMACH HEMORRHAGE, AND ULCERS) HAD LED TO SEVERE CORONARY SCLEROSIS ARTERIOS/CLEROTIC.
Keywords: ladder, hip, fracture, lockout, fall, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102933983 Occupation Not Listed
2 102933934 Occupation Not Listed
3 102933959 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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