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Accident: 200920031 - Employee Killed When Excavator Crushed By Toppling Chimney

Accident: 200920031 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 07/02/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12547152407/02/19981795Summit Usa Land Development Corp.
A two-man crew was demolishing a 2-1/2 story house of stone and frame construction. They used a hydraulic, tracked excavator to pull down the structure and loaded the debris with the excavator bucket into a waiting dump truck. In order to segregate the types of debris, Employee #1, the excavator operator, intended to leave the 3 ft by 6 ft by 30 ft tall brick chimney standing free of the adjacent walls. He was using the excavator bucket to pull down the last remaining piece of wall when the debris caught on the chimney. The chimney toppled over and fell onto the cab of the excavator, crushing Employee #1. He was killed.
Keywords: demolition, unsecured, work rules, equipment operator, caught by, construction, excavator, struck by, falling object, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Demolition $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125471524 Fatality Other Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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