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Accident: 200040798 - Pvc Pipe Strikes And Kills Employee

Accident: 200040798 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 12/31/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30712144201/20/20041781Western Dewatering
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on December 31, 2003, Employee #1 was working with the backhoe operator to pull four-inch water inner piping from a well that was suspected of malfunctioning. After pulling the piping approximately 20 ft to 25 ft out of the ground, Employee #1 reconnected the pipe holding tool to the water line for the next pull on the water line. The connection of the PVC pipe that was screwed to black poly vinyl pipe snapped and the end of the 20-ft to 25-ft section of pipe hit Employee #1 in the right side of his back breaking four ribs. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: fracture, rib, pipe, struck by, water pipe, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307121442 Fatality Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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