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Accident: 170357461 - Employee Injured When Thrown From Backhoe

Accident: 170357461 -- Report ID: 0950653 -- Event Date: 03/08/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12603783703/12/20011623J F Shea Construction Inc
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 8, 2001, Employee #1, an equipment operator, was operating a Ford Model 755B Backhoe to excavate a smaller trench 26 ft from the edge of the 12 ft diameter pipeline trench. He had just finished moving the backhoe and was setting up when he either left the backhoe in gear or inadvertently placed the backhoe in gear and then moved the throttle. The backhoe began to move forward and went over the side of the trench excavation coming to rest at the bottom of the approximate 20 ft deep sloped trench. Employee #1 was hospitalized with a fracture to the third vertebrate of the neck.
Keywords: fracture, roll-over, industrial truck, neck, vertebra, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Other $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126037837 Hospitalized injury Fracture Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Other

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