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Accident: 95228.015 - Employee Trips, Strikes Loader Fork, And Loses Eye

Accident: 95228.015 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 04/17/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1229599.01505/01/2017Murray Plumbing And Heating Corporation
At 7:45 a.m. on April 17, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employed by a plumbing and heating company, were leaving the construction site for a new ho spital at the end of their shift. Coworker #3, an excavator operator, was worki ng outdoors. Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2 left the building and walked a long an un-delineated dirt and gravel path toward an adjacent parking structure. A Bobcat excavator, PT6E93, E45 *B2VY12385*, 10502602, operated by Coworker #3 , was positioned next to the parking structure. As Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2 passed the excavator, Employee #1 tripped over some pebbles, fell forwar d, and struck his head on the bucket of the excavator. His left eye made contac t with the rock tooth (fork) mounted on the corner of the bucket. Emergency ser vices were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admi tted and treated for a puncture wound that destroyed his left eye. He subsequen tly was transferred to another hospital for advanced treatment, including a surg ical procedure for placing a prosthetic eye in the eye socket. During the subse quent investigation, it was determined that no barriers were in place to restric t access to the excavation area.
Keywords: construction, construction vehicle, excavator, eye, fall, installing, loader bucket, struck against, tripped, water pipe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition   7 80
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1229599.015 21 M Hospitalized injury Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist: 4
FallHt:0
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause:

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