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Accident: 200922920 - Owner Is Struck And Killed When Loader/Excavator Fails

Accident: 200922920 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 06/19/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31655633106/21/20121794Gulick Excavating Inc.
On June 19, 2012, at a site being cleared for construction of a tennis court in Leesburg, VA, the Owner of Gulick Excavating Inc. and a coworker were working with a Caterpillar tracked loader/excavator, Model #953. They had just replaced a hydraulic hose on the excavator. The Owner instructed his coworker to test the equipment. The coworker, while operating the loader, apparently raised and lowered the bucket multiple times. The Owner went underneath the raised bucket several times, apparently to retrieve tools. The loader failed, and its bucket fell on the Owner, striking his head. The Owner was killed.
Keywords: excavation, head, construction, equipment failure, hydraulic line, excavator, loader, struck by, bucket elevator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316556331 Fatality Other Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Crushed/run-over by construction equipment during

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