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Accident: 200271542 - Employee Is Killed When Backhoe Rolls Over On Him

Accident: 200271542 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 03/06/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30857127203/09/20061611Merrill'S Contractors, Inc.
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on March 6, 2006, Employee #1 was operating a Case Backhoe, Model Number 680-H, used to crush and manipulate tanks to be sold as scrap. A coworker was using an oxy-acetylene torch to cut the tanks into pieces small enough to fit on a truck for transport. The tanks were located at the top of a 35-ft ramp, made of waste asphalt, called "the hill". After a short break, Employee #1 mounted the backhoe to return to the hill, and the coworker went to get the truck. The coworker had to jump-start the truck, and as he approached the hill, he could not see Employee #1 or the backhoe. The coworker then saw the backhoe on its side at the bottom of one side of the hill. The backhoe had traveled approximately 28 feet from the top. The asphalt of the hill was stable and compacted on the ramp, but both sides and the back, were crumbling and somewhat loose. The coworker saw that Employee #1 was lying on his back with his right leg under the backhoe, his left arm under the outrigger and an injury on the right side of his forehead. The coworker phoned 911. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: fracture, head, demolition, roll-over, equipment operator, construction, seat belt, mech mat handling, struck by, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Demolition Under $50,000 28 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308571272 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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