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41 year-old male dies after being struck in the head with an auger.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2003 Jun; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20026414
Abstract
On October 23, 2002, a 41 year-old male (decedent) died after he was hit in the head with the handle of an auger. He was part of a four-member work crew tying water lines of private residences into a municipal water line. He was injured while backing the auger out of the hole and the handle became tangled with the rotating auger bit which caused the handle to flip up and strike him in the head, twice. After being struck, with co-workers following him trying to convince him to sit down, he walked away from the site until emergency rescue workers arrived and convinced him to sit down on a stretcher. He was transported to a local hospital then air lifted to a larger facility where he died five days later from a closed head injury. To prevent similar incidents from occurring, KY FACE recommends: 1. Employees should practice safe operating procedures when using dangerous equipment. 2. Equipment manufacturers should re-evaluate the design of the handle to direct auger bits and research the possibility of a new design.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Work-practices; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Brain-damage; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Author Keywords: auger; bit; ditch; distracted
Publication Date
20030617
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-114006
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-02KY127; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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