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Accident: 50706.015 - Employee Is Struck By Pipe Wrench And Is Killed

Accident: 50706.015 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 08/11/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
930841.01508/12/2013Ritter Construction Company
At 10:00 p.m. on August 11, 2013, Employee #1 placed the jaws of a 60 inch pipe wrench on a 20 foot pipe section that was going to be installed into the preceeding pipe. The pipe wrench was used as a "back-up" to hold the pipe section in place while a boring machine threaded the pipe sections together. As the pipeline was rotated by the boring machine, it became wedged in the bore and then suddenly sprang free, creating a spinning, rotating hazard. Employee #1, who was holding the pipe wrench, was struck on the right side of his head by the flying pipe wrench, crushing his skull, and killing him.
Keywords: pipe, threading machine, flying object, boring machine, skull, pipe wrench, pipeline, rotating parts, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 930841.015 22 M Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite

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