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Accident: 201680642 - Employee #1 Died As A Result Of Blunt Trauma To The Head

Accident: 201680642 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 05/06/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30369660305/06/20017353Airport Equipment Rentals

On May 6, 2001, Employee #1 was one of two mechanics dissembling a Cat 375 L Excavator for shipment back to the equipment yard on a low bed truck. These coworkers were in the process of removing the Excavator's stick foot pin in order to remove the stick section from the boom section. Employee #1 was standing on a portable step ladder located between the Excavator's boom and a Cat 416C Backhoe. This second piece of equipment was being used to exert mechanical force on the pin to push it out of the Excavator's stick foot connection. As the backhoe equipment moved forward, to exert force on the pin assembly, the backhoe's front bucket slipped off of the steel pipe extension, used to access the pin inside of the bushing. The bucket's cutting edge struck Employee #1 on the lower, right side of his head. Blunt trauma to the head was cause of death.

Keywords: head, pin, ladder, truck, excavator, backhoe

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303696603 Fatality Cut/Laceration Heavy equipment mechanics

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