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Accident: 201174943 - Employee Receives Injuries When Struck By Broken Chain

Accident: 201174943 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 12/17/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12571749602/19/20041542San Antonio Construction
At approximately 10:03 a.m. on December 17, 2003, Employee #1 and coworkers were constructing a barn. The barn support column were drilled using a post hole auger truck. As the post holes were being drilled, the auger truck became stuck in the mud. The employees decided to use a forklift to pull the truck from the mud. They attached a 20-ft chain between the forklift and auger truck. However, as the forklift pulled the auger truck, the chain snapped and flew back into Employee #1. Employee #1 was struck in the head by the flying chain, suffering fractures to his skull. Emergency medical personnel were summoned and took him to the hospital. At the hospital, he required surgery to repair the damages to his skull and face. He was hospitalized following the surgical procedures for postoperative care.
Keywords: fracture, head, drilling mud, truck, auger, struck by, broken chain
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125717496 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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