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Accident: 201172145 - Employee'S Jaw Fractured When Struck By Flying Chain

Accident: 201172145 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/26/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12014188210/03/20021521Thomas Donnelly
On September 26, 2002, Employee #1, a laborer, was assigned to a crew that was clearing a vacant lot. When Employee #1 arrived at the site, he drove a Bobcat skip loader up to a nearby tree that was to be removed. Employee #1 wrapped one end of a chain around one of the trunks and the other end around the Bobcat bucket. As Employee #1 began to back up, the chain snapped and the loose end whipped around, hitting the outside of the vehicle's cab and striking Employee #1 in the face. Employee #1 sustained a fractured jaw and the loss of several teeth. A coworker transported Employee #1 to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for three days.
Keywords: chain, fracture, equipment operator, equipment failure, struck by, flying object, face, broken chain
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 2 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120141882 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:2
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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