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Accident: 171057359 - Employee Injured When Excavator Bucket Falls Into Trench

Accident: 171057359 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 01/25/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12679796801/25/19991623Jones Excavating Co Inc
Employee #1 was in a trench cleaning out the bell end of an 18 in. diameter water pipe. An excavator whose bucket had a quick disconnect/connecting system was situated nearby, and the operator had disconnected it while he pushed the pipe into place. He was reconnecting the bucket when Employee #1 went down into the trench. The operator thought the bucket was locked, but as he moved it into place, the bucket came loose and rolled down the trench, striking Employee #1 on the back. The force of the impact drove him across the pipe, and he landed, face down, next to it with the bucket on his back. The bucket had to be reconnected to the excavator to remove it. Employee #1 sustained injuries that required hospitalization.
Keywords: excavation, unsecured, construction, trench, back, excavator, struck by, falling object, backhoe bucket
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Other $250,000 to $500,000 6
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126797968 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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