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Accident: 202360350 - Employee Is Crushed By Excavator

Accident: 202360350 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 07/28/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31014192407/28/20061771The Dirt Express Company

Employee #1 was operating a Komatsu PC 300 LC-5 excavator. Employee #1 had torn down a one-story building using a track hoe and was in the process of separating the metal from the masonry debris, when he inadvertently drove one of his tracks over the crawlspace under the demolished building, causing the track to fall into the crawlspace. The crawlspace measured 190-ft long by 6-ft 6-in. deep by 12-ft 6-in. wide. After the track fell into the crawlspace, the cab tipped over crushing the cab against the wall of the crawlspace, killing Employee #1. The crawlspace had become covered up by the debris of the demolished building.

Keywords: abdomen, asphyxiated, demolition, uneven ground, construction, caught between, crushed, excavator
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310141924 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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