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Accident: 115650.015 - Employee Is Injured When Skid Steer Loader Flips Over On Slo

Accident: 115650.015 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 11/06/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1358458.01511/06/2018Jayme R. Zemansky
At 12:30 p.m. on November 6, 2018, Employee #1, employed by a construction compa ny, was operating a Caterpillar 259D skid steer loader and attachments to clear brush and move dirt from a meadow where a tourist club parking lot was to be con structed. The employee was working in the area designated for the parking lot a nd using the skid loader with bucket attachment to load up the hopper. Once the hopper was full, the employee removed the bucket attachment from the loader, pl aced the bucket next to the hopper, and proceeded to drive the loader up an unev en slope/hill to retrieve the forklift attachment that would be used to pick up the hopper and move its contents elsewhere. As the employee was driving forward uphill without an attachment connected to the loader, unaware that removal of t he attachment negatively impacted the stability and control of the loader, the e quipment hit a tree root. The angle of the slope, which ranged from 32 degrees to 50 degrees, was approximately 47 degrees at the point of impact. The loader flipped backward approximately three times and slid 23 feet down the slope befor e stopping. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported by air to the hospital. He was admitted and underwent surgery for head and chest i njuries.
Keywords: chest, cleaning, construction, construction vehicle, contusion, equipment operator, forklift, head, loader, loader bucket, lost control, roll-over, slope, struck against, tree section, uneven ground, unstable positio
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1358458.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Construction Laborer FallDist:
Cause: Site grading and rock removal

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