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Accident: 201124146 - Employee Injured When Struck By Drill Bit

Accident: 201124146 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 11/20/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30083857011/20/20021751Golden State Utility Co.
A work crew was drilling underground horizontal bore holes for the installation of fiber-optic cables. An employee assigned to clean the drill bit as it entered one side of an inspection pit in the ground and then exited the other side entered the pit to scrape mud off the bit. The drill bent and flailed around, striking the worker's legs and fracturing them. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: fracture, rotating parts, telecom work, communication cable, pit, struck by, boring machine, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300838570 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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