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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 300787868 - Employee Injured When Struck By Boom

Accident: 300787868 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 11/14/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30078786812/11/20011623Rodriguez Brothers Construction

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on November 14, 2001, Employee #1 was hooking a tow chain on the under side of the frame on the front of a water truck, the water truck, a CASE 9040-B excavator, was parked nearby. The operator of the excavator had exited the machinery, but left it running with its control levers in a non-operational position. Further, the control levers were not placed in a locked or safety position. Another coworker decided to enter the excavator to retrieve a tool. As he entered the machinery, he bumped the boom operating lever that engaged the boom. The boom extended moving with it an attached compacting wheel. The compact wheel struck Employee #1 pinning him against the front of the water truck. The compressive force of the compacting wheel and the front of the truck upon him resulted in serious injuries. These injuries included fractures to his back and seven ribs, punctures injuries to both lungs and damages to other internal injuries. It also damaged and removed large portions of skin on the employee's back. Employee #1 was hospitalized to receive medical care for the injuries sustained in the accident. The causal factors were that the excavator operator failed to safely secure the machine and operational controls prior to leaving the machinery.

Keywords: lung, boom, control lever, back, truck, rib, excavator, struck by, water
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300787868 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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