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Accident: 200960680 - Employee Injures Back In Same-Level Fall On Steel Plates

Accident: 200960680 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 10/03/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12738151501/03/19971611Plum Contracting, Inc
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 3, 1996, Employee #1, a laborer, was rigging materials to be hoisted using the boom of an excavator. He had attached a 48 in. diameter by 20 ft long pipe to the boom and was walking away from the excavator when he stepped on a stack of steel plates used to avoid stepping in mud. At the same time, the excavator operator, who was also the employer's superintendent, had raised the pipe approximately 1 ft off the ground. He swung the excavator boom around and struck the opposite end of the steel plates on which Employee #1 was standing, causing him to fall on his back. The superintendent continued to operate the excavator as though nothing had happened. Employee #1 hurt his back at the site of a previous injury and was taken to the University of Maryland Hospital, where he was treated and released. Subsequent investigation revealed that the employer did not implement or maintain a safety and health program at the job site that included inspections for compliance with the employer's work rules and with OSHA/MOSH standards and regulations.
Keywords: steel plate, work rules, equipment operator, struck against, construction, back, excavator, fall, communication
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 127381515 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Other

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