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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170873772 Event: 02/07/2002Employee Injured When Struck In The Head By Flying Pig
On February 7, 2002, Employee #1 and coworkers were installing communication conduit. They were cleaning the interior of the conduit by using compressed air to pull a pig through the line. The pig is of poly composition but it has steel pulling eyes on each end. The pig became stuck in the conduit, and after attempts to pull it out by hand failed, they attached a rope to the pig and hooked it to the bumper of a truck and began to drive forward. When the pig broke free, it shot out of the conduit and struck Employee #1 who was standing approximately 12 to 20 ft away. He suffered a hairline fracture to the left side of his head, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, head, conduit, stuck, work rules, cleaning, construction, struck by, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119981538 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers

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