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Accident: 130952.015 - Employee Is Killed When Pulled Between Pipelayer Fender And

Accident: 130952.015 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 10/13/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1497093.01510/14/2020Jomax Construction Company, Inc.
At 9:15 a.m. on October 13, 2020, Employee #1, Coworker #1, and other coworkers, employed by a pipeline construction company, were operating two side boom crane pipelayers and an excavator during a pipeline installation. The operation invo lved placement of a 24-inch steel pipe, 296 feet long and approximately 110 poun ds per foot for an approximate total weight of 32, 560 pounds. The pipe was to be moved approximately 100 feet uphill on an approximate grade of 7%. The posit ioning of the construction equipment along the pipe caused the middle piece of e quipment, a pipelayer operated by Coworker #1, who was not trained and qualified on the equipment, to be positioned within a few feet from the northern edge of a bell hole. The forces exerted on the pipelayer and on the earth along the ed ge of the bell hole caused instability of the pipelayer, and the equipment began to tip into the bell hole. As Coworker #1 attempted to prevent the pipelayer from tipping into the bell hole, forces were transmitted along the pipe, which c aused the west pipelayer, a Caterpillar 583K sideboom pipelayer operated by Empl oyee #1, who had exited the equipment, to roll downhill. Employee #1, in an att empt to reenter the operator's cab and regain control of the pipelayer, began to climb onto the pipelayer's moving tracks. His foot became caught, and he was p ulled between the tracks and the fender. Employee #1 sustained crushing injurie s and was killed.
Keywords: caught between, caught in, construction, construction vehicle, crane, crane boom, crushed, equipment operator, excavation, foot, installing, pipe, pipeline, signalman, tracks, trench, untrained
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1497093.015 33 M Fatality Equipment Operator: Heavy FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause:

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