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Accident: 201352358 - Employee Drowns In Excavation

Accident: 201352358 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 01/09/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30674828601/12/20041623R & B Contracting, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30674852601/12/20041629Barco-Duval Engineering, Inc.

On January 9, 2004, Employee #1 was operating a Komatsu, Model Number PC300LC-6, excavator for lot preparation, drainage and road work of a residential subdivision under construction. The excavator was equipped with an arm and grapple hook. Employee #1 was instructed to remove brush and debris in and around a mitigation pond, located in wetlands, for the installation of a water pump. In the area that he was working, there was a 6-foot-deep excavation that was previously dug, approximately one week before. This excavation was located under the shallow water of the pond, making it difficult to see the edges. Additionally, no warning signs/markers were posted. For some reason, he machine slid and fell into the excavation. The cab of the excavator went under water, allowing water and mud to enter. Employee #1 became trapped and drowned.

Keywords: excavation, lung, asphyxiated, slip, inhalation, excavator, fall, drown, warning sign, water
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 10 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306748286 Occupation not reported FallDist:
2 306748526 Fatality Asphyxia Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Drown, non-lethal fall

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