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Inspection: 1639743.015 - Atlas Excavating, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Indiana
Atlas Excavating, Inc.
523 South Madison Avenue
Greenwood, IN 46142
4740 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Inspection Type: Fat/Cat
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 03/23/2023
|#||Citation ID||Citaton Type||Standard Cited||Issuance Date||Abatement Due Date||Current Penalty||Initial Penalty||FTA Penalty||Contest||Latest Event||Note|
|1.||01001||Serious||22.8(1)(1)(SEC2)||05/11/2023||$6,300||$6,300||$0||06/06/2023||C - Contested|
At 2:50 p.m. on December 16, 2022, a crew of four employees were excavating a trench to install concrete inlet/outlet boxes for underground utility services. Two employees were working in the trench, one employee was operating the John Deere 160G Excavator, and one employee was outside of the trench. The crew was aligning the concrete box that was approximately 41 and 1/2 inches in length and 37 inches wide with the other piping. The concrete box was rigged to the arm of the excavator for lowering it in place. The excavator operator lowered the concrete box and exited the excavator to discuss with the crew what adjustments needed to be made. The operator went to get back in the excavator to lift the concrete box when he unintentionally hit the control levers that controlled the arm. This caused the box to lift upwards and swing forward, away from excavator cab, and struck Employee #1. The operator attempted to correct the error and swung the arm back the other direction, towards the excavator cab, causing the concrete box to crush Employee #1 against the trench wall. Employee #1 died due to crushing injuries.
Keywords:concrete block, control lever, crushed, crushing, excavator, lifting, rigging, struck against, struck by, trench, wall