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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201171352 - Employee Injured When Struck By Excavator

Accident: 201171352 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/14/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12574229609/24/20011622C C Meyers

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on August 14, 2001, Employee #1 and four coworkers were working for a highway bridge contractor and were constructing footings and columns for a highway bridge. An excavator, Caterpillar 325BL, Number 24-502, was placing 4-foot by 8-foot steel plates between I-beams for the footings. The excavator was equipped with a travel alarm that sounds when the tracks move. Two employees were rigging the plates on one side of the excavator while Employee #1, and a coworker, the foreman, were assisting with the placement of the plates. As the excavator picked up a plate, Employee #1 knelt down to sweep dirt from the top of one of the I-beams. The back-up alarm (travel alarm) on the excavator began sounding and the excavator backed up a short distance onto Employee #1's foot. Employee #1 was hospitalized and on August 29, 2001, his lower leg was amputated due to infection.

Keywords: beam, footings, steel plate, amputated, alarm, construction, infection, excavator, struck by, leg
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 2 20

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125742296 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over by highway vehicle

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