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Accident: 200601920 - Employee Fataly Injured By Cut Fiber-Optic Cable

Accident: 200601920 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 11/14/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30438703811/19/20011611Y.C. Partners, Ltd.
On November 14, 2001, Employee # 1 fell 4 feet from a Caterpillar compactor model R-25. The employee was standing on the compactor operator's platform. A coworker and two other employees were standing on the opposite side of the compactor operator's platform. One of the other employees cut a piano steel wire, which released the fiber-optic cables. The tension on the cables caused the cable to travel into the Employee #1 direction. Employee #1 fell off the compactor suffering a broken heel and later complained about abdominal pain. The employee died.
Keywords: metal wire, communication cable, roller--const equip, equipment failure, fall, flying object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 5 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304387038 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Fall from vehicle (vehicle/construction equipment)

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