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Accident: 200801470 - Employee'S Leg Is Amputated When Caught By Excavator

Accident: 200801470 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 10/25/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30838277911/15/20051623Pts Contractors, Inc.
On October 25, 2005, Employee #1 and two coworkers were having a conversation in front of a hydraulic excavator. The first coworker climbed into the operator's cab to continue excavating. He released the hydraulic lockout control at the same time that Employee #1 was walking in front of the excavator. The excavator bucket had been on the ground. The coworker's vest became stuck on the left joystick control. When the coworker sat back, his vest pulled back on the control, issuing the command for "stick in." Employee #1's leg was caught between the bucket and the tracks of the excavator, and it was amputated. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: excavation, amputated, control lever, equipment operator, construction, caught between, excavator, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308382779 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Other

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