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Accident: 170080345 - Employee Killed When Struck By Loader Grapple Attachment

Accident: 170080345 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/26/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30198803612/30/19972061M.A. Patout & Sons, Ltd.
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on December 26, 1997, Employee #1 was operating a Caterpillar 966C front end loader with a bucket attachment, loading sugar cane bagasse into a hopper for transport to a boiler. A coworker in the bagasse shed was operating a similar vehicle with a grapple attachment on the front. As the coworker backed away from the hopper and turned, he momentarily fell asleep and ran into Employee #1's loader. The grapple attachment struck Employee #1's cab, knocked out the windows, and struck Employee #1 in the chest. He was killed. The coworker later stated that he woke up when his loader struck Employee #1's machine. Apparently, the coworker had not had sufficient sleep or rest during the previous 12 hours. Sleep deprivation was found to be a cause of the accident.
Keywords: chest, fell asleep, equipment operator, fatigue, struck against, loader, mech mat handling, struck by, backing up
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301988036 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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