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Accident: 170873772 - Employee Injured When Struck In The Head By Flying Pig

Accident: 170873772 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 02/07/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11998153803/07/20021799P & G Communications
On February 7, 2002, Employee #1 and coworkers were installing communication conduit. They were cleaning the interior of the conduit by using compressed air to pull a pig through the line. The pig is of poly composition but it has steel pulling eyes on each end. The pig became stuck in the conduit, and after attempts to pull it out by hand failed, they attached a rope to the pig and hooked it to the bumper of a truck and began to drive forward. When the pig broke free, it shot out of the conduit and struck Employee #1 who was standing approximately 12 to 20 ft away. He suffered a hairline fracture to the left side of his head, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, head, conduit, stuck, work rules, cleaning, construction, struck by, flying object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119981538 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other

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