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Accident: 170873038 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Backhoe

Accident: 170873038 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 07/25/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12015223607/31/20021781Eaton Drilling Co., Inc.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. on July 25, 2002, Employee #1 was part of a crew that was cleaning up at drilling site PM 1.0, a 400 ft water well they had finished drilling in Oroville, CA. The crew was putting away material and equipment on a truck trailer. Employee #1 and a backhoe operator placed the last of the timber blocking into bins underneath the trailer. The coworker then started to move the backhoe away from the trailer to wait for the truck to move out. Employee #1 was standing in front of the equipment when the coworker revved the backhoe engine, causing it to lurch forward. The backhoe struck Employee #1, pinning him against the side of the trailer. He sustained two fractured wrists and other fractures. First aid was provided at the scene before Employee #1 was flown by Life Flight to Enloe Hospital in Chico, CA.
Keywords: fracture, vehicle in gear, pinned, work rules, construction, drill rig--non-oil, loader, lost control, backhoe, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120152236 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drillers, earth FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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