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Accident: 200651636 - Employee Fractures Leg When Pinned By Piling

Accident: 200651636 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 08/18/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31255307608/18/20091622Lunda Construction Company
At approximately 2 p.m. on August 18, 2009, Employee #1 and the other team-workers finished setting the last of eight pilings into a template. They were going to cap that piling and drive it. They would then proceed to the East and drive all eight pilings. They were set at the end in the 15-in. to 16-in. slots or squares of the template and they were 14-in. in diameter. A 0.5-in. thick wall rounded the pilings. They had length of 28 ft to 36 ft. The template slots or squares were supported about 10 ft above the creek by two seahorses, which footings were set on the rocky creek bed. The crew was trying to align the last piling held in the crane-suspended driving rig, to begin to cap it. The crew was having some difficulty aligning this piling. They moved a shift to the West and released the piling from the driving rig. When it was released the whole template and all of the pilings tipped over to the West. Employee #1 was thrown from the rig and pinned by pilings in the creek bed. Employee #1 fractured his femur and was hospitalized. The other worker was thrown to the pilings shore, and he sustained only minor bruises and scratches.
Keywords: fracture, pile driver, control lever, horse, construction, fall, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 25
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312553076 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Pile driving
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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