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Accident: 112146.015 - Employee Is Pinned Against Trench Wall By Excavator Bucket A

Accident: 112146.015 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 12/17/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1366688.01512/17/2018Archer Western Construction, Llc
At 12:15 p.m. on December 17, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were hand shoveli ng mud and muck into the bucket of an excavator. The operator of the excavator would then lift the bucket out of the trench to empty it under the direction of the foreman. The operator of the excavator was walking off site to take his lun ch break. The foreman asked the operator if he could move the bucket back some. The operator got back into the excavator and began to operate the excavator. When the operator moved the bucket, it pinned the employee who was down in the t rench against the side wall of the trench. The employee suffered internal injur ies to his abdomen and was killed.
Keywords: abdomen, excavator, pinned, struck by, trench
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Maintenance or repair   17 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1366688.015 36 M Fatality Carpenter FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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