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Accident: 201762606 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Water Pipe

Accident: 201762606 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 04/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30859143704/04/20061794Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
At approximately 11:22 a.m. on April 4, 2006, Employee #1, a welder, and a coworker, an assistant, were cutting and plugging a 30-in. steel water line in an excavation approximately 15 ft deep. After a section was cut out of the 30-in. water line, Employee #1 and the coworker finished the welding of the plug on the dead end of the water line. The water flow through the line was reestablished that resulted in a pipe becoming separated and striking Employee #1, killing him. Water began flooding into the excavation site. The coworker was able to exit the excavation without injury.
Keywords: welder, pressure piping, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308591437 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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