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Accident Summary Nr: 51586.015 - Automotive Technician Pinned Beneath Truck And Is Killed

Accident Summary Nr: 51586.015 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 08/23/2013
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
936262.01508/23/2013926130Centerpoint Energy

Abstract: At 10:30 a.m. on August 23, 2013, an employee was working as an automotive techn ician for an electric power utility. The employee was performing vehicle repair in a maintenance bay. The employee was underneath the rear of an International b ucket truck. He was attempting to repair the truck's stabilization outrigger. Th e employee positioned the International bucket truck over the lifting cylinders of the vehicle lift. The employee raised both the rear and the front cylinders of the vehicle lift to the desired position. The employee positioned himself un derneath the rear of the bucket truck to repair the stabilization outrigger of t he bucket truck. The front cylinders of the vehicle lift were still lifting the front of the truck when the employee got underneath the rear of the bucket truc k. As the front of the bucket truck rose, a pinch point was created between the ground and the rear bumper of the truck. The employee was caught between the b umper of the truck and the ground. His abdomen and torso were caught between th e rear bumper and the ground of the maintenance bay. He was pinned and crushed. He was hospitalized, but he died.

Keywords: automotive repair, caught between, caught in, crushed, crushing, hydraulic lift, jack, machine guarding, maintenance, motor vehicle, pinned

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 936262.015 54 M Fatality Automobile mechanic apprentices

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