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Accident: 202587440 - Employee Is Crushed When Pipe Shifts In Trench Excavation

Accident: 202587440 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 05/09/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31531821205/22/20121629Shimmick Construction Co Inc
At 3:15 p.m. on May 9, 2012, the employer was aligning vertically the manhole on the 78-inch diameter pipe by slowly rolling it counter clockwise with the use of a Komatsu excavator. While the pipe was being lifted and rigged, Employee #1 was still in the trench underneath the steel load. The pipe shifted, and its weight crushed Employee #1, resulting in a serious injury. Employee #1 was flown by helicopter to the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where he was treated. Employee #1 sustained a traumatic crush injury, a ruptured diaphragm. Employee #1 was discharged on May 25, 2012. On August 8, 2012, Employee #1 underwent another surgery on his left thoracotomy and was discharged on August 10, 2012.
Keywords: chest, excavation, fracture, steel tube, construction, trench, rupture, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315318212 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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