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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201158193 - Employee Injured When Struck By Excavator Bucket

Accident: 201158193 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 09/16/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12588448609/30/20031794Desert Design Engineering Contractors Inc

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on September 16, 2003, Employee #1, a laborer with Desert Design Engineering Contractors, Inc., was placing aluminum detector tape on a newly installed water pipeline in an approximately 4 ft 6 in. deep trench. He was putting in the tape when his supervisor tried to climb into the cab of a Caterpillar excavator, model 307, whose engine was still running. He slipped on the excavator's track and accidentally touched the bucket's control levers. The bucket moved toward the trench and struck Employee #1 in the stomach, causing multiple internal injuries to his liver and lungs. Employee #1 was flown by helicopter to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA. He underwent surgery and was hospitalized for 14 days.

Keywords: excavation, lung, slip, struck against, construction, liver, trench, excavator, struck by, unmanned
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition Under $50,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125884486 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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