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Accident: 200801967 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed When Backhoe Overturns

Accident: 200801967 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 02/16/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31076524302/19/20081794Welded Construction L.P.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on February 16, 2008, Employee #1 was operating a backhoe near a section of an oil pipeline that was being installed from northern Wisconsin to Indiana. Once fully installed, the pipeline would span over 300 miles of pipe. Employee #1 was assigned to move river weights from one section of pipeline to another. The river weights were being used to hold down pipes in marshy areas and weighed about 12,000 pounds each. During the relocation of river weights, Employee #1 had a coworker to assist by rigging each weight to the bucket of the backhoe. Following several successful weight attachments and relocations, Employee #1 swung a weight out over an adjacent trench. This caused the backhoe to become unstable, and it tipped over, landing on the attached river weight. The cab of the backhoe was crushed, killing Employee #1. The accident investigation revealed that Employee #1's death was attributed to massive head injuries.
Keywords: head, machine operator, crushed, mech mat handling, backhoe, overturn, unstable load
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310765243 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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