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Accident: 200672426 - Two Employees Killed When Backhoe Falls Into Excavation

Accident: 200672426 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 02/17/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30318133302/17/20001771Baker Concrete
Employees #1 and #2 and a coworker were removing rocks and dirt from inside a 14 ft by 14 ft by 4 ft deep excavation so that rebar could be placed flat on the bottom. A coworker operating a John Deere 310E backhoe/loader positioned his vehicle near the south side of the hole, where the crew was working. The operator turned his seat 180 degrees to use the shovel at the back of the machine, whereupon the backhoe moved rapidly forward and fell into the excavation, pinning Employees #1 and #2. Both workers were declared dead at the scene. The operator had left the backhoe in forward gear and had not engaged the parking brake before turning his seat around.
Keywords: excavation, loader/backhoe, vehicle in gear, brake, work rules, construction, crushed, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303181333 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 303181333 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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