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Accident: 109602.015 - Two Employees Fractures Legs When Crushed By Falling Excavat

Accident: 109602.015 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 07/26/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1334308.01507/27/2018Stampede Construction, Inc.
On July 26, 2018, Employees #1 and #2 and a coworker, employed by a construction company, were working at an excavation site associated with power transmission lines. Employees #1 and #2 were laying pea gravel and grading the 5.4 feet deep excavation in preparation for the installation of an electrical vault. They ex ited the excavation, and then their coworker operated an excavator and finished removing excess pea gravel with the 1.27 cubic foot bucket. The coworker raised the bucket out of the excavation and halted it approximately 5 feet above surfa ce level. Employees #1 and #2 went back down into the excavation to level the r emaining pea gravel. The excavator bucket disconnected from the Wedgelock fully automatic quick coupler due to a failure of the I-Lock Safety Knuckle. The buc ket dropped 5 feet, hit the top edge of the excavation, and rolled into the exca vation and onto the two employees. Emergency services transported the employees to the hospital, where they were admitted. Employee #1 required treatment for a fractured right leg, and Employee #2 required treatment for a fractured left l eg.
Keywords: bucket , construction, construction vehicle, crushed, equipment failure, excavation, excavator, falling object, fracture, leg, power lines, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1334308.015 42 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause:
2 1334308.015 21 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
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