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Accident: 202612206 - Water Well Drill Worker Fractures Hand And Wrist

Accident: 202612206 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 07/01/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31414754707/02/20101781Pacific Coast Drilling Co.Inc.
On July 1, 2010, members of a crew working for Pacific Coast Drilling were driving casing down into a predrilled hole. This operation required the use of an H-fork or wrench inserted into a tool joint on a drill rod. While the operator was moving a control lever in an up-and-down motion to push the casing down into the hole, his stomach contacted the rotation lever of the machine he was running. This contact made the rod and fork rotate. The rotating H-fork caught a driller helper's left hand between the mast of the rig and the fork. The driller helper sustained a crushed hand and wrist. An emergency crew responded, and the employee was airlifted to Stanford Hospital.
Keywords: fracture, rotating parts, drill operator, control lever, struck against, caught between, crushed, drill rig--non-oil, hand, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Other $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314147547 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Other

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