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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200373058 - Employee Is Killed After Being Struck By A Rolling Object

Accident: 200373058 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/11/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30743430805/11/20041799Cwg, Inc.

On May 11, 2004, Employee #1 was working within an 8-ft deep excavation, patching a storm drainpipe with concrete. As he patched the drainpipe, a coworker was operating a Komatsu trackhoe (excavator) on the uphill side of the trench. The excavator operator used the bucket of the trackhoe to lift a 7-ft diameter concrete manhole lid, weighing over 6,000-lb. The lid was attached to the bucket via chain slings. While lifting the lid, the shorter chain sling broke, causing the lid to fall. The lid struck the ground, landing on its side. It then rolled down the hill and into the excavation site, striking Employee #1. The impact of the lid killed the employee. Employee #1 died of a broken neck and other internal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the site by the county coroner.

Keywords: excavation, excavator, neck, struck by, falling object, broken chain, charge bucket
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Other $250,000 to $500,000 1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307434308 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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