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Accident: 201345865 - Employee Amputates Left Arm In Pto Shaft

Accident: 201345865 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 10/11/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31509171010/12/20111611Malm Construction
On October 11, 2011, Employee #1 was working as a water truck operator on a road grading project. Employee #1 drove the water truck, a Caterpillar 8,000 gallon water truck, to the water load out and began to fill the truck from a sump pump that drew water from an outdoor pit. After a period of time, coworkers observed the water truck overflowing, and investigated the cause of the overflow. Coworkers found Employee #1 with his left arm entangled in the power take-off (PTO) shaft. Emergency services were called. Approximately 15 minutes later, emergency services arrived and stabilized Employee #1. Employee #1 was then medically evacuated via helicopter to Wesley Hospital in Wichita, KS. Employee #1's left arm was amputated just above the elbow. Employee #1 was then transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS, where he was treated for 40 days and then was transferred to a rehabilitation center.
Keywords: amputated, truck, arm, pump, power take-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315091710 Hospitalized injury Amputation Grader, dozer and scraper operators FallDist:
Cause: Site grading and rock removal
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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