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Accident: 131307.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Excavator Bucket

Accident: 131307.015 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 11/24/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1503885.01511/24/2020Howard Construction Building Movers, Llc

At 2:45 p.m. on November 24, 2020, Employee #1, a Laborer employed by a small co nstruction company and a coworker, the company's owner, were building a new sing le family home. Employee #1 and the owner, the only persons at the site, were i n the process of moving precast concrete blocks into position to make a level pa d for the excavator to sit on. According to the owner's subsequent statement, h e was in the excavator and operating it to move the concrete blocks, which each measured 6 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet and weighed approximately 5,400 pounds, whil e Employee #1 was rigging up the blocks. Neither was wearing head protection. According to the owner, he became distracted and inadvertently hit the excavator 's swing lever, causing the excavator's arm to swing. The excavator's bucket, a ttached to the end of the arm, struck Employee #1's chest. Employee #1 sustaine d blunt force crushing injuries to his chest and was killed.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, bucket , chest, concrete, crushed, dismantling, distracted driving, equipment operator, excavator, ppe, precast, residential construction, rigging, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   2 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1503885.015 34 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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