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Accident Summary Nr: 200672426 - Two Employees Killed When Backhoe Falls Into Excavation

Accident Summary Nr: 200672426 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 02/17/2000
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
30318133302/17/200017710Baker Concrete

Abstract: Employees #1 and #2 and a coworker were removing rocks and dirt from inside a 14 ft by 14 ft by 4 ft deep excavation so that rebar could be placed flat on the bottom. A coworker operating a John Deere 310E backhoe/loader positioned his vehicle near the south side of the hole, where the crew was working. The operator turned his seat 180 degrees to use the shovel at the back of the machine, whereupon the backhoe moved rapidly forward and fell into the excavation, pinning Employees #1 and #2. Both workers were declared dead at the scene. The operator had left the backhoe in forward gear and had not engaged the parking brake before turning his seat around.

Keywords: excavation, loader/backhoe, vehicle in gear, brake, work rules, construction, crushed, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Project Type Project Cost Stories Non-building Height Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 303181333 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 303181333 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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