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Accident: 200632248 - Employee Dies Of Heat Stress

Accident: 200632248 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 07/22/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31337438107/23/20101799Nichols Construction, Llc
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 2010, Employee #1, a groundsman, had been working with a line crew that was stringing fiber optic line along existing poles on a hillside. The crew was finishing their work on a day that had temperatures measuring in the 90s and a heat advisory had been placed for the region. Employee #1 was carrying empty block rollers up a steep hill to one of the crew's trucks when witnesses saw him stumble to one knee. After Employee #1 assurred his coworkers that he was alright he continued up the hill and disappeared over a small dip in the path he was taking. After several moments of not seeing him continue up the path, Employee #1's foreman went to check on him and found him on the ground unconscious with labored breathing. The foreman and other workers contacted emergency services to respond and promptly removed Employee #1's shirt and held a road sign over him to provide shade. Other coworkers stated that frequent breaks were taken and plenty of water was available and consumed by all employees during the day. Employee #1 passed away after being transported to a local hospital.
Keywords: knee, heat, heat stroke
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313374381 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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