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Accident: 201068053 - Highway Inspector Sustains Partial Amputation, Both Thumbs

Accident: 201068053 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/06/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30702914011/03/20041611Department Of Transportation (Cal-Trans)
On October 6, 2004, Employee #1, a Caltrans Inspector/Transportation Engineer, was overseeing a subcontractor performing work for the department. The subcontractor was placing filtering fabric around the storm drains along the roadway. As the subcontractor was in the process of removing a storm drain grate with a pry bar, Employee #1 decided to assist. He placed both hands on the grate as it was being pried open. The grate slipped off the pry bar, and Employee #1's thumbs on both hands were pinched between the concrete opening and the grate. He sustained a slight amputation of both thumb tips as a result. Employee #1's job duties did not involve assisting the subcontractor in performing this type of work. He was active in this accident, but he was supposed to be a bystander. Employee #1 is not a contract employee. Caltrans reported the accident the same day.
Keywords: highway, amputated, grating, thumb, highway shoulder, pry bar
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307029140 Hospitalized injury Amputation Inspectors and compliance officers except constr. FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Lifting operations

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