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Accident: 201793965 - Employee Injured When Pole Crashes Through Cab Of Excavator

Accident: 201793965 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 01/18/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11982575001/29/20011622Fci Constructors

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on January 18, 2001, Employee #1 was operating a loader stripping asphalt and putting it in a pile. Another worker asked Employee #1 to use the excavator to remove a wooden power pole. The pole was 26 inches in diameter and 39 ft tall. Employee #1 using a Kobel Trackho, Model Number SK330lC, Serial Number YCO6-W0259 excavator to dig around the pole. Employee #1 had just dumped his 3rd shovel full of dirt and was swinging back when the pole fell. The pole crashed through the cab and struck Employee #1 on the head. Employee #1 was hospitalized with a blunt trauma to his head and neck and is paralyzed from the chest down.

Keywords: excavation, head, paralysis, pinned, crushed, excavator, loader, neck, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119825750 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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