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Accident: 170866396 - Employee Dies After Being Impaled On Fence Pole

Accident: 170866396 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 04/17/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12578610304/24/20014833Kxtv Channel 10
On April 17, 2001, Employee #1, a cameraman, was working on a news story with a reporter, about using goats to clean tall grass from property for the purpose of fire control. The local Fire Department hired the owner of goats to eliminate the fire hazard of tall grass from approximately 5 acres of undeveloped property next to the fire station. The goats are secured and managed by enclosing the area with a temporary 42-in.-tall electrical netting nylon and metallic fence. While performing this job, Employee #1 and the reporter were doing a live shot. They climbed the temporary fence. They were having some technical problems with their equipment. Employee #1 went back to the news van parked outside of temp fence. While traveling to the news van, Employee #1 tripped while climbing the temporary fence. Employee #1 fell on the 5.5-in.-diameter, 42-in.-tall fence pole. The pole hit the bridge of Employee #1's nose and it slid into his right eye socket, past his eye and into his brain. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital for treatment. Employee #1 went into a coma and died on April 22, 2001, after being taken off of life support.
Keywords: eye, impaled, nose, fall, fence, brain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125786103 Fatality Puncture Photographers

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