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Accident: 202462966 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Falling Pipe

Accident: 202462966 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 01/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30083313403/07/20061389Jacobs Field Services North America
At approximately 11:15 p.m. on January 4, 2006, Employee #1 was assisting a coworker who was cutting a 12-in. water pipeline (approximately seven joints, each weighing 2,000 lbs) on a rack approximately 3 ft from the ground. After unsuccessfully attempting to cut a joint with a split frame cutter, they began to reposition the pipe with a bar. The pipe then unexpectedly rolled off the rack, struck Employee #1's back, and knocked him to the ground. He was airlifted to Kern Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with fractured L1 and L2 vertebrae and paralysis to his lower body. Fifteen days later, Employee #1 was transferred to UCLA for back surgery.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, spine, back, pipeline, pipe, struck by, falling object, vertebra, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300833134 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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