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Accident: 202363875 - Two Employees Injure In Fall From Platform

Accident: 202363875 -- Report ID: 1055340 -- Event Date: 04/21/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30762470004/23/20041799Jensen Drilling Company
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on April 21, 2004, Employees #1 and #2 of Jensen Drilling Company, a subcontractor for Kiewit Pacific Corporate, were drilling holes through the sidewall of the lock, in order to install post- tensioning rods as part of a Corps of Engineers project at the John Day Dam near Goldendale, Washington. They were working from a custom built horizontal drilling platform that was bolted directly to the wall, and which was located approximately 15 ft above the barge. Employees #1 and #2 were not tied off to any anchor point, which was independent of the drill rig. However, there was a cable type guardrail system enclosing the platform that protected the employees from falling from the platform itself. Employees #1 and #2 just started drilling a new hole when the platform detached from the concrete wall of the navigation lock. As the platform fell onto the barge, it overturned and landed on top of Employees #1 and #2. Employee #2 was hospitalized with head trauma, and Employee #1 was hospitalized with a broken arm, pelvis, leg, and rib injuries.
Keywords: platform, fracture, head, guardrail, drill operator, construction, pelvis, fall, arm, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307624700 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 307624700 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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