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A laborer for a boring and tunneling company in Texas, died when he was struck by a hydraulic hose.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98TX468, 1999 Mar; :1-3
On October 3, 1998, a 32-year-old laborer for a boring and tunneling company died when he was struck by a hydraulic hose. The victim was part of a work crew digging a tunnel and inserting a 54-inch casing. They were using two hydraulic jacks, laid horizontally and connected by hydraulic lines. The jacks were used to push the pipe into the tunnel one section at a time. The victim was standing next to a hydraulic jack when pressure was put to the hydraulic line. The male end of the coupling, attached to the jack, split in half. The female end flew up and struck the victim in the abdomen. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Install straps (whip checks) to the hydraulic hose and the point where the hose is connected. 2. Instruct workers not to stand adjacent to hydraulic hose connections when hydraulic pressure is initially applied. 3. Ensure relief valves are set so they do not exceed the maximum pressure recommended by the manufacturer for couplings, hoses or other equipment connected to the pump.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Tunnel-workers; Tunneling; Hydraulic-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX468; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division