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Report: Struck by dislodged flying object, particle at Ports America Texas, Inc. in Galveston, Texas

DATE: 08/17/15

An employee was releasing cargo chains tied around an excavator in a cargo hold on level 1 of the vessel. During that time, some of the latch hooks on the chains became wedged and would not budge. A coworker used a pry bar to help release the chains. The coworker pulled on the pry bar, which slipped from the coworker’s grasp and flew towards the injured employee. The pry bar struck the injured employee in the head, requiring hospitalization.

Report ID 2015085848  
Date 08/17/2015  
UPA 1011997  
Primary NAICS 488320  
Nature 160 Intracranial injuries, unspecified
Part of Body 111 Brain
Source 7192 Crowbars
Event 6241 Struck by dislodged flying object, particle
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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