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Accident: 200881530 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Soil

Accident: 200881530 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 08/18/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31236525708/19/20081611South Hill Construction Co, Inc.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on August 18, 2008, Employee #1 was working at a borrow pit located on a privately owned dairy farm. He was hauling gravel from a privately owned borrow pit to the same landowner's barnyard. A coworker was loading Employee #1's truck, when Employee #1 exited the truck, in order to talk with the other employee, whose truck was waiting to be loaded. Weather conditions were sunny, humid, and hot, approximately 78 degrees. Due to the heat, Employee #1 and the other employee went to the base of a 21-ft high vertical gravel bank, seeking for a shade. While standing at the base of the bank, the other employee saw the bank move. He alerted Employee #1 and ran away from the bank. Employee #1 looked over his shoulder, but he was engulfed with a soil when he attempted to flee. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: chest, excavation, heat, construction, pit, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312365257 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Other

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