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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125583211 - Don Chapin Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fremont District Office

Nr: 125583211Report ID: 0950612Open Date: 04/18/1997

Don Chapin Company
420 Crazy Horse Canyon Road
Salinas, CA 93907
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
Mailing: 440 Crazy Horse Canyon Road, Salinas, CA 93907

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/16/1997
Close Case:08/07/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170885024Event: 04/17/1997Employee Killed When Struck By Ricocheting Part
At approximately 12:45 p.m., Employee #1 was performing his assigned task of "shooting ropes through conduits," which involved using compressed air to fire a "mouse" through a conduit. He inserted the mouse into a 100 yd conduit and injected the compressed air, not realizing that the conduit was blocked at the other end. The mouse traveled between 30 and 75 feet before shooting backward with lethal velocity and striking Employee #1 in the upper left side of his torso. The impact fractured his upper left rib, and the pointed end of the mouse was driven into his heart. Employee #1 died of internal bleeding within minutes.
Keywords: heart, air pressure, conduit, hemorrhage, compressed air, construction, high pressure, struck by, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125583211 Fatality Fracture Supervisors, n.e.c.

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