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Accident: 202549531 - Employee Is Injured In Fall Into Waste Water Basin

Accident: 202549531 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 09/04/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30930337810/09/20084941Orange County Sanitation District
On September 4, 2008, Employee #1 was cleaning and servicing a sedimentation basin at a waste water treatment plant. The basin measured approximately 100 ft by 20 ft and was about 30 ft deep. It had been drained; however, some sediment remained at the basin floor. Employee #1 opened a hatch measuring 26 in. by 26 in. to drop in two water hoses. As he was positioning the end of one hose into the hatch, he fell through the opening about 30 ft to the floor of the basin. Employee #1 was hospitalized for multiple trauma, including a fractured right femur.
Keywords: fracture, confined space, hatch, cleaning, hose, waste proc fac, fall, fall protection, leg, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309303378 Hospitalized injury Fracture Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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