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Accident: 170891915 - Employee'S Leg Fractured When Struck By Falling Pipe Spools

Accident: 170891915 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 12/15/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12012943212/15/19941629J E Merit Constructors Inc
On May 10, 1995, Employee #1, a pipefitter for J.E. Merit Constructors, Inc., and a crew including a helper and a crane operator were stacking pipe spools in a laydown area of a small metropolitan refinery. At approximately 12:15 p.m., the employees had set and backed the crane off two 80 ft lengths of 4 in. diameter schedule 80 pipe. The slings were completely slack and still attached to the crane hook and the spools. Wood dunnage separated these pipe spools from spools below. Employee #1 had set wood wedges in the middle and at each end of the pipe spools. While Employee #1 was beside the pipe spools, the spools and the supporting dunnage fell about 2 1/2 ft to the ground. The pipe spools struck Employee #1's leg, breaking the fibula and the tibia.
Keywords: fracture, tibia, construction, falling object, refinery, foot, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120129432 Hospitalized injury Fracture Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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