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Accident: 200624229 - Employee Is Killed When Backhoe Tips Over

Accident: 200624229 -- Report ID: 0454712 -- Event Date: 03/13/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31070900103/14/20071711Quality Contractors Inc

On March 13, 2007, Employee #1 was working for a contractor that engaged in plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and similar work. He was preparing to dig a ditch for a fill line at a residential construction site. A large limb from a tree had fallen into the path where the fill line was to be placed, and Employee #1 was using the front bucket of his backhoe to move the limb out of the way. The area where Employee #1 was operating the backhoe was sloped. A neighbor who was driving down the driveway saw the backhoe on its side with the alarm going off and called the police. It appeared that Employee #1 was thrown from or fell from the backhoe when it tipped over and that Employee #1 was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. Employee #1's abdomen was crushed by the cab of the backhoe, and he was killed.

Keywords: ejected, abdomen, work rules, construction, crushed, seat belt, backhoe, slope, overturn
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310709001 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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