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Accident: 881219 - Employee Dies When Struck By Pipe Wrench

Accident: 881219 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 02/24/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11617910202/27/19951623Sterling Construction Company
Employee #1 was attempting to break out a 5 ft section of drill stem with a pipe wrench that had a welded handle. The operator of the drill stem was 10 ft away. As he attempted to reverse the drill stem, it inadvertently turned clockwise. The tool, which was placed on the drill stem, subsequently turned in a counterclockwise motion and struck Employee #1 in the left side of the head. The employee was not wearing a hard hat. He died the following day.
Keywords: head, hard hat, ppe, drill pipe, pipe wrench, construction, struck by, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116179102 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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