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Accident: 127679.015 - Employee Is Struck, Killed By Swinging Excavator Bucket

Accident: 127679.015 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 07/08/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482883.01507/09/2020Southland Contracting, Inc.

At 10:30 p.m. on July 8, 2020, Employee #1 and three coworkers, employed by a co nstruction company, were doing excavation work in a landfill excavation shaft at a depth of approximately 35 to 40 feet. Two of the coworkers were operating ex cavators, while Employee #1 and the third coworker were installing liner plate. The operator of the excavator that had a bucket attached inadvertently hit the excavator's swing control. The bucket, which was approximately 5 feet from the ground, swung and struck Employee #1. Employee #1's skull was fractured, and he was killed.

Keywords: bucket , confined space, construction, control lever, excavation, excavator, fracture, installing, shaft, skull, steel plate, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition   X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1482883.015 45 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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