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Accident: 202180188 - Employee Is Asphyxiated When Pinned By Mowing Deck

Accident: 202180188 -- Report ID: 0253660 -- Event Date: 04/24/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31051211604/24/20078641Orleans Co Cornell Cooperative Ext Fatality 2007

Employee #1, a fairgrounds caretaker, was asphyxiated when he became pinned under a Rhino FM100 mowing deck during routine maintenance. It is believed that Employee #1, working alone, had crawled under the 5-ft by 8.5-ft mowing deck to change mower blades after lifting the front of the unit with the front bucket of a Kubota M-5500 tractor. Police speculate that the lifting chains slipped on the bucket, causing the deck to lower onto Employee #1's lower back. No support, other than the lifting chains, had been used. Employee #1 was killed.

Keywords: chain, maintenance, asphyxiated, pinned, back, lawn mower, tractor, falling object

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310512116 Fatality Asphyxia Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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