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Accident: 201508512 - Two Employees Are Injured In Electrical Explosion

Accident: 201508512 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 04/16/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31006355704/16/20081623Andes Construction Incorporated
On April 16, 2008, Employee #1 was excavating a trench with a backhoe. In this process, the grab bucket struck a structure. Employee #2 was requested to evaluate the situation. He began cleaning around the damaged pipe with a shovel. As Employee #1 entered the trench, there was an electric explosion, causing substantial fire. Employee #2 suffered second degree burn. He was released after first aid. However, Employee #1 was admitted in the St. Francis Memorial hospital, where he was treated and discharged on April 23, 2008.
Keywords: burn, construction, trench, explosion, electrical fault, backhoe, foot
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 8
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310063557 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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