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Accident: 127252.015 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed Between Boats

Accident: 127252.015 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 06/23/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1480460.01506/24/2020Premier Ski Boat Corporation
At 8:55 a.m. on June 23, 2020, an employee was working for a boat dealer. He was using a Kubota tractor to move a boat and trailer located in the facility's sho p bay. He connected the boat to the tractor and begun repositioning the boat. As the employee started moving the boat, the boat trailer disconnected from the tr actor and continued moving toward some parked boats. A coworker, the lead techni cian, was present. He yelled to the employee to let the boat go. The employee go t in front of the moving boat and between the moving boat and the parked boats t o attempt to stop the disconnected moving boat. The employee was caught in betwe en the boats when they collided. He was struck by the moving boat and pinned bet ween it and the parked boats. He was killed. The lead technician felt that the c ause of the incident was a failure to ensure that the trailer ball was secured i n the hitch and to secure the safety pin in the hitch. The employer did not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for moving vessels and trailers with the u se of a Kubota tractor. It had one created on July 3, 2020. The employer was to provide the employees training on the importance of following the procedure when connecting the tractor to the vessel trailer. It covered inserting the safety p in, walking around the vessel to ensure that it was connected correctly, and ver ifying that the trailer was connected properly to the tractor.
Keywords: boat, caught between, crushed, equipment operator, nip point, pinned, restraining device, tractor, trailer, training, work rules
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1480460.015 31 M Fatality Buyers, wholesale & retail trade except farm prod.

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