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Report: Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c. at The Comflow Company in Houston, Texas

DATE: 05/15/20

A fire sprinkler pipe burst or became detached from an anchor, causing large pieces of piping to fall. A falling piece of the pipe stuck the employee in the shoulder and head. The employee suffered broken ribs, a broken sternum, a heart injury, two punctured lungs, and a crushed back vertebra that caused paralysis from the chest down.

Report ID 2020054545  
Date 05/15/2020  
UPA 1590489  
Primary NAICS 238220  
Nature 1839 Fractures and other injuries, n.e.c.
Part of Body 38 Multiple trunk locations
Source 4123 Metal pipes, tubing
Event 6239 Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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