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Accident: 202658555 - Driller'S Leg Is Fractured When Struck By Pipe Wrench

Accident: 202658555 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 12/04/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31667223712/16/20131623Pacific Coast Well Drilling, Inc.
At approximately 7:50 a.m. on December 4, 2013, Employee #1, a driller, and Coworker #1, both employed by Pacific Coast Well Drilling, Inc., were working at an excavation site, assigned to drill a water well. Employee #1 was in the process of breaking out the drill pipe. He put a 60-inch pipe wrench on the pipe below the rotary table. After engaging the rotary table, the pipe wrench rotated, striking Employee #1's right leg and pinning it between the pipe wrench and the rig. Emergency services were called, and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded. Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to Marian Medical Center, where he was admitted and treated for a fracture of the right tibia and fibula. His injury required surgery, and he remained hospitalized for five days. Cal/OSHA was notified of this event by the employer at 9:40 a.m. on December 4, 2013, and by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department at 10:25 a.m. on December 4, 2013. Cal/OSHA initiated its investigation at 8:15 a.m. on December 16, 2013. Cal/OSHA conducted interviews with Employee #1, Coworker #1, and the supervisor. Based on its findings, Cal/OSHA issued a Serious Accident Related citation for CCR, Title 8, 6655(d).
Keywords: fracture, drill operator, pinned, pipe wrench, well, construction, caught between, drill rig--non-oil, pipe, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316672237 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drillers, earth FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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