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Accident: 101174.015 - Foreman Is Struck By Backhoe Bucket And Pelvis Is Fractured

Accident: 101174.015 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 10/18/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1280566.01512/01/2017Teichert Pipelines Inc.
At 1:14 p.m. on October 18, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by a pip eline company, were working at an excavation alongside a busy road. Employee #1, the site foreman, was inside a 5-foot excavation and overseeing the work crew's digging around gas pipes. The bucket of a backhoe truck was inside the trench and being used to load dirt for removal. Coworker #1, the backhoe truck operato r, was in his vehicle, which was parked in the second lane of the road, inside a work zone coned off for traffic control. Coworker #1, whose back was to the on coming traffic, subsequently reported that he thought he heard a vehicle enterin g the work zone. He attempted to secure his vehicle and prepare for impact. In so doing, he inadvertently operated the bucket controls, the boom swung, and th e bucket struck Employee #1. Employee #1 was pinned between the bucket and the wall of the excavation. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was tra nsported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a fractured pelvis.
Keywords: backhoe bucket, caught between, construction, excavation, fracture, highway, pelvis, pinned, pipe, traffic control
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Maintenance or repair   5
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1280566.015 29 M Hospitalized injury Supervisors, general office FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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