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Accident: 200531309 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Earth Mover Machine

Accident: 200531309 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 12/13/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31008364712/14/20061794Thompson Excavating, Inc
On January 13, 2006, a worker was operating a John Deere earth mover in an open area adjacent to his company's workshop. Employee #1, the owner of the company, was initially talking with the operator. Upon completion of their conversation, Employee #1 walked away from the earth mover, toward his truck, and began talking on his cell phone. The operator drove the earth mover a short distance, stopped, and began backing. Although the operator checked his rear view mirror and did not initially see Employee #1, when he checked a second time he observed Employee #1's legs sticking out from the side of the machine. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: back-up alarm, fracture, obstructed view, equipment operator, construction, crushed, struck by, backing up, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Demolition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310083647 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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