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Accident: 200621837 - Employee Hospitalized After Strike In Head By Falling Steel

Accident: 200621837 -- Report ID: 0454714 -- Event Date: 01/14/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30504717701/15/20021622Ray Bell Construction Company Inc
At approximately 9:30 a.m., on January 14, 2002, Employee #1, an employee of Ray Bell Construction Company Inc., was on fire watch under the South end of the Gay Street Bridge in Knoxville, TN. Another employee was using a torch, to cut a piece of steel channel. The employee cut partway through the steel channel when a 38-inch-long by 2 inch wide by .5-inch-thick piece, weighing 10.5 pounds fell 60 to70 feet striking Employee #1 in the head. Employee #1 was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Employee #1 was not wearing head protection.
Keywords: fracture, head, hard hat, steel, ppe, construction, skull, fall, struck by, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 125
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305047177 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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