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Accident: 200642122 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Culvert

Accident: 200642122 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 10/25/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30364666510/25/20011623Earth Engineering Div. Bryan Adair
Employee #1 was helping to set a culvert as part of an underground storm drain system. Employee #1 was standing next to the concrete box culvert that was partly suspended by 2 legs of the 4 legs of a sling. The culvert would not match-up with the previous culvert. The box broke and fell into Employee #1. The pry bar Employee #1 was using to nudge the box into final position was knocked into his chest breaking his sternum bone and causing the bone to pierce his heart. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: chest, heart, rigging, drain pipe, struck by, falling object, pry bar, puncture
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 5 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303646665 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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