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Accident: 170105621 - Employee Killed By Overturned Lawn Mower

Accident: 170105621 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 07/13/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10797515307/13/19898210Edinburgh Community School Corporation
At approximately 3:27 p.m. on June 4, 1991, Employee #1, a maintenance worker for Edinburgh Community School Corp., was mowing grass on top of a hill behind the superintendent's office with a John Deere 22 hp, model 430, diesel riding-type lawn mower. He drove the mower down the hill, but was descending too fast. He made a sharp left turn before the rear wheels of the mower were completely down the slope, causing the mower to tip over. The steering wheel hit him in the chest, crushing his rib cage and puncturing his lungs. He died of traumatic asphyxia.
Keywords: chest, lung, asphyxiated, struck against, steep grade, crushed, lawn mower, sharp turn, overturn, steering wheel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107975153 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers

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