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Accident: 202443016 - Two Employees Injured In Fall With Excavator Bucket

Accident: 202443016 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 03/17/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12588593904/14/20041622Riverside Construction Company

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on March 17, 2004, Employees #1 and #2, who worked for a highway and pipeline construction contractor, had just finished installing trench shields, one above the other, in a 30 to 35 ft deep excavation that had been dug to tie in an 8 ft long corrugated steel pipe with a storm drain. They were coming out of the trench by riding in the bucket of a 1996 Caterpillar excavator, model no. 375, serial #1JM00267, when, for some reason, the bucket separated from the boom's quick coupler and they fell 30 ft back into the trench. Employee #1 sustained head and lower back injuries, and a compound fracture of his left wrist. He was hospitalized. Employee #2 sustained minor injuries and was treated and released.

Keywords: excavation, fracture, head, construction, earthmoving equip, trench, excavator, fall, mech malfunction, wrist
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 35

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125885939 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fall, other
2 125885939 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fall, other

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