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Accident: 202079448 - Employee Is Injured After Being Exposed To Natural Gas

Accident: 202079448 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 04/24/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31225701705/07/20081623Sanders Utility Construction Co., Inc.
On April 24, 2008, Employee #1 and coworkers of the Sanders Utility Construction Company, Inc., were repositioning a trench box to install an underground utility pipe. A backhoe was used to move a steel plate of the trench box. While the steel plate was being moved, it became unhooked from the backhoe and fell, slicing into a 0.75 in. Peidmont Natural Gas pipe. Employee #1 went to bend the gas line in order to stop the gas from being released into the environment. He was exposed to the gas for approximately 10 seconds. Employee #1 admitted himself to the hospital four days later and was placed into the intensive care unit.
Keywords: respiratory, inhalation, natural gas, trench, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition Under $50,000 5
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312257017 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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