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Accident: 200340289 - Employee Dies From Positional Asphyxiation

Accident: 200340289 -- Report ID: 0523900 -- Event Date: 10/11/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12244819410/12/20011731Touch America, Inc.
On October 11, 2001, Employee #1 was working to pull fiber optic cable from a reinforced telecommunication hand hole. The hand hole's smallest diameter was 18 in. and it was 3 ft 10 in. deep. Entry was not necessary to complete this task. Apparently he reached farther into the hole to retrieve an object, when he became stuck with his head inside the hole and his body in the fetal position. This body position caused Employee #1's death due to positional asphyxiation.
Keywords: head, asphyxiated, telecom work, communication cable, stuck, communication worker
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 122448194 Fatality Asphyxia Construction inspectors FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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