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Accident: 108075.015 - Wood Yard Worker Is Run Over And Killed By Wheel Loader

Accident: 108075.015 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 05/25/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1320159.01505/28/20182493139074 - Unilin North America, Llc
On May 25, 2018, an employee was working for a manufacturer of reconstituted woo d products. One of his coworkers was operating a Caterpillar CAT 950M wheel load er. The coworker was driving in the wood yard in an area designated for loader a ctivity. The coworker had relieved the employee for break. The coworker had been driving the loader for approximately one hour. He had taken a load of reclaimed fiber from an auxiliary hopper to a fuel pile. He was driving in the wood yard back and forth between the fuel pile and the auxiliary hopper. The employee was returning from break, when he was struck in the head by the wheel loaders empty bucket. He was knocked to the ground, where he was run over by both the front a nd rear right side tires. His coworker stopped the loader and, thinking that he had run over wood chips, backed up to scoop up the material and clear the road. The wheel loader backed over the employee with both right side tires. The cowork er later claimed that he never saw the employee until after he had both run over and backed over the body. He turned off the wheel loader, exited the cab, and c alled on his two-way radio for help. The employer's internal first responder tea m and management officials were the first on the scene. First responders initiat ed CPR and connected an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the employee. Outside emergency services were called. Paramedics, the Mt. Gilead Police Depar tment, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and the county medical examiner w ere agencies that responded to the call. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: backing up, cpr, emergency response, head, mech mat handling, run over, struck by, wheel loader
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1320159.015 67 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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