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Accident: 96135.015 - Employee Falls Into Trench, Incurs Concussion, And Fractures

Accident: 96135.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 06/02/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1237938.01506/07/2017Sukut Construction, Llc; Sukut Construction, Inc.
At 11:15 a.m. on June 2, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by a constr uction company, were working on a pipe installation, part of a road construction project. They were positioned near the edge of an 11-foot trench/excavation an d using large wrenches to tighten bolts on a 24-inch butterfly valve. Employee #1 was approximately 4 feet away from the trench when his wrench slipped from a bolt. He stumbled backward and fell into the trench, a fall height of approxima tely 11 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was extracted fro m the trench and transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a mild concussion and compression fractures to spinal vertebrae T8, T11, and T12.
Keywords: bolt, butterfly valve, concussion, construction, fall, fall protection, fracture, lost balance, trench, wrench
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1237938.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist: 11
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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