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Accident: 202675799 - Employee Injures Hand When Sponge Discharges From Pipe

Accident: 202675799 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/25/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31724698110/22/20131771California Concrete Pumping Inc Dba Associated Co
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 25, 2013, Employee #1 was performing cleaning using compressed air on a concrete pumping truck with a boom. As the cleaning sponge was fed through the boom piping on the truck using compressed air, the cleaning sponge jammed in the pipe and then released forcefully through a section of piping that had been removed to discharge the sponge. The employee's hand was struck by the sponge as it discharged from the piping. Employee #1 was transported to U.C. Davis Hospital, where he was underwent surgery to repair multiple fractures to the right hand and a partial amputation of the right ring finger. The employee was hospitalized over twenty-four hours.
Keywords: fracture, amputated, cleaning, compressed air, jammed, pipe, struck by, flying object, concrete, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317246981 Hospitalized injury Amputation Heavy equipment mechanics

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