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Accident: 201283116 - Employee Is Killed In Fall Into Open Well

Accident: 201283116 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 02/07/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31252477002/09/20091799Quality Drilling Services Llp
On February 7, 2009, Employee #1 was working for Quality Drilling Services, LLP. He was assisting a worker from Tri Con Works, LP, with removing the protective cover from a methane gas recovery well. The well had been drilled two days earlier and was being abandoned because it was not deep enough. The well was 66 ft deep and had 6 to 8 ft of liquid leachate in the bottom of it. The Tri Con Works worker removed a protective metal well grate. Employee #1 removed the plywood cover and fell into the unprotected well. He was killed.
Keywords: gas well, fall, fall protection, drown, gas well drilling
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 66 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312524770 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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