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Accident: 96144.015 - Employee Installing Utility Pole Incurs Multiple Fractures

Accident: 96144.015 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 06/02/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1237894.01506/07/2017North Houston Pole Line, L.P.
At 11:30 a.m. on June 2, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by a constr uction company, were engaged in setting a new Class 2 wooden utility pole. Cowo rker #1 was operating a digger derrick to move the pole. Employee #1 was assist ing. Employee #1 was changing positions from one end of the pole to the other a nd was walking between the pole and the digger derrick. Coworker #1 released th e machine's claws. The pole swung and pinned Employee #1 between the butt end o f the pole and the digger derrick. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for crushing i njuries, including a fractured ulna and shattered radius in his forearm, fractur ed ribs, and a collapsed lung.
Keywords: caught between, construction, crushed, digger/derrick, forearm, fracture, installing, lung, rib, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1237894.015 34 M Hospitalized injury Electrical Power-Line

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