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Accident: 200202844 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Backhoe Bucket

Accident: 200202844 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 11/29/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30925947111/30/20061623Tasha Iii Developement

On November 29, 2006, Employee #1 left the equipment he was operating and walked toward the front of the backhoe. At the same time, the backhoe operator was using the bucket to push soil back into the trench. He was operating the backhoe at a relatively high speed. Employee #1 on the ground was not seen by the operator as he walked toward the backhoe. Employee #1 was hidden from view of the operator by the soil pile, which he was pushing into the trench. Employee #1 apparently underestimated the reach of the backhoe and was within its reach, when he was struck by the bucket. Employee #1 was killed. The autopsy revealed that Employee #1's pelvis was separated from his spine.

Keywords: spine, construction, trench, back, pelvis, struck by, backhoe
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309259471 Fatality Hearing Loss Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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