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Accident: 14499669 - Employee Killed In Fall When Vehicle Backs Over Embankment

Accident: 14499669 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 06/17/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10166517206/17/19861629Shoreline Support, Inc.
Employee #1, a bulldozer-loader operator, was working on erosion control at a Lake Michigan beach, pushing piles of earth, brick, and other rubbish that had been brought to the site over an embankment. The widest work area was 27 ft, and the embankment wall was 20 degrees from vertical. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was picking up large concrete chunks from a stockpile at another location and dropping them from a height of 65 ft above the lake surface. There was no berm at the embankment edge, nor was there any warning or other means of restraint in this dumping area. There were no witnesses, but the position of the 20-ft-long bulldozer-loader in the lake indicated that it went over the embankment backward and Employee #1 was either thrown or jumped clear of the machine. His body was found 10 ft from the bulldozer-loader, face down in the water. The vehicle was equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt. The seat belt was found tucked under the seat, and the rollover protective structure was torn off. Employee #1, age 18, had been on the job for approximately 1 week.
Keywords: embankment, warning line, work rules, rops, construction, inexperience, seat belt, fall, bulldozer, backing up
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101665172 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c.

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