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Report: Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c. at Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Nacogdoches, Texas

DATE: 07/26/16

Two employees were clearing a tree that had fallen on a utility pole in order to put the pole back in service. A limb from the tree broke off and fell onto the two employees. The first employee suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung. The second employee suffered a broken hip, broken ribs, and a punctured lung. Both employees were hospitalized.

Report ID 2016076804  
Date 07/26/2016  
UPA 1117426  
Primary NAICS 221121  
Nature 194 Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk
Part of Body 310 Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders
Source 5873 Limbs, branches-unattached
Secondary Source 5871 Trees
Event 6239 Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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