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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170885024 - Employee Killed When Struck By Ricocheting Part

Accident: 170885024 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 04/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12558321104/18/19971542Don Chapin Company
At approximately 12:45 p.m., Employee #1 was performing his assigned task of "shooting ropes through conduits," which involved using compressed air to fire a "mouse" through a conduit. He inserted the mouse into a 100 yd conduit and injected the compressed air, not realizing that the conduit was blocked at the other end. The mouse traveled between 30 and 75 feet before shooting backward with lethal velocity and striking Employee #1 in the upper left side of his torso. The impact fractured his upper left rib, and the pointed end of the mouse was driven into his heart. Employee #1 died of internal bleeding within minutes.
Keywords: heart, air pressure, conduit, hemorrhage, compressed air, construction, high pressure, struck by, flying object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 12 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125583211 Fatality Fracture Supervisors, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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