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Accident: 14399406 - Trench Digging Machine Fell Off Blocks, Crushing Employee

Accident: 14399406 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 03/14/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
78186403/15/19851389Cornelison Construction Co
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS LYING ON HIS BACK ON THE SHOP FLOOR, UNDER THE REAR SECTION OF A DITCH-WITCH BRAND TRENCH DIGGING MACHINE. THE MACHINE HAD BEEN RAISED AND SET ON 3 RAILROAD CROSS-TIE BLOCKS. ONE FRONT WHEEL WAS CHOCKED WITH A MANUFACTURED RUBBER-LIKE CHOCK. THE EARTH-MOVING BLADE ON THE FRONT OF THE MACHINE WAS LOWERED TO REST ON THE CONCRETE SHOP FLOOR. THE MACHINE SOMEHOW MOVED FORWARD OFF THE SUPPORT BLOCKS, FALLING ONTO AND CRUSHING EMPLOYEE #1, WHO WAS WORKING ALONE AT THE TIME.
Keywords: chock, blocks, crushed, falling object, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 781864 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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