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Accident: 200375483 - Load Line Breaks And Injures Worker

Accident: 200375483 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 03/21/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31519365604/05/20111731Coastal Electric Cooperative Inc
Coastal Electric Cooperative (an electric utility) and Sumter Utilities (an electric power contractor) were installing new utility poles along a highway. An engineer working for the utility went to a jobsite to observe the installation of poles by the contractor. Contractor employees were using a Terex Telelect Commander 4000 digger-derrick mounted on a Marsh Buggy (Model No. WMB50402416PC) to set and remove poles. The workers had positioned the marsh buggy at a bridge. When they were removing an old pole, the vehicle, facing east, stuck in the muddy marsh. The workers tried to get the vehicle turned to the north so that they could more easily extract it from the mud. To rotate the vehicle, they used the turret-mount winch on the digger-derrick, securing the winch's synthetic rope around a small tree stump and running it under a steel bar welded between the pontoons on the front of the vehicle. The workers turned the vehicle, but it slipped back into the rut as the workers started moving it out of the mud. The rope broke and struck the engineer on the left and right forearms and hand. A superintendent for the contractor drove the injured employee to a hospital. He was hospitalized for 3 days for lacerations to his forearms, a fracture in his left hand, and the prevention of infection. (The tree stump had been cut, and the rope removed from the winch before the inspection, so they could not be examined.)
Keywords: digger-derrick, fracture, stuck, overloaded, equipment failure, laceration, elec utility work, flying object, load line, winch
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315193656 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical and electronic engineers FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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