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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200840437 - Employee Killed When Caught By Auger Of Asphalt Hopper

Accident: 200840437 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 10/05/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30061016910/05/19991611Maclair Asphalt Company, Inc.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on October 5, 1999, a laborer, was observing the discharge of asphalt from a tractor trailer dump truck into the hopper of a Roadtec SB-2500B Shuttle Buggy machine. Somehow, his fingers became entangled in a chain that secured the tailgate of the dumper. As the bed of the truck rose in the air, the chain drew tighter around the laborer's fingers, causing extreme pain and injury. Employee #1, a paver operator whose machine was on the opposite end of the Shuttle Buggy, saw him struggling to get free. He left his position and ran along the left side of the Buggy, climbed over a barrier guard, and jumped onto the pile of asphalt inside the hopper in an attempt to free his coworker. At the bottom of the hopper was an auger that drew the asphalt onto a conveyor belt system. This auger was running when Employee #1 climbed into the Buggy. Within seconds, the asphalt pile had disappeared and he became caught by the auger and drawn into the conveyor system. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: rotating parts, work rules, belt conveyor, caught by, construction, crushed, conveyor, auger, road paving
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300610169 Fatality Concussion Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Paving
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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