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Accident: 201105053 - Worker Falls Into Excavation

Accident: 201105053 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 06/21/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30081726908/05/20049511City Of Merced Public Works Dept
On June 21, 2004, Employee #1 and coworker were to wash down buildings using a flush/vacuum truck. A firefighting nozzle was placed on the sewer hose. The employees took turns washing down the building. Employee #1 turned down the rpm's on the pump to idle, but didn't know how to turn off the water. The coworker handed Employee #1 the nozzle in the closed position and walked towards the truck. Once the coworker turned and started to walk, the nozzle broke Employee #1 hand under the collar. The employee's hand was opened up by the force of the water, on the palm, across the web and onto the backside of the hand.
Keywords: fire, back, truck, idler, vacuum vessel, fighting, pump, hand, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300817269 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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