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Accident: 201087343 - Two Employees Are Injured When Scrapers Collide

Accident: 201087343 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 12/10/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30636097503/06/20061623Garrett Construction
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on December 10, 2005, Employees #1 and #2 were operating heavy equipment for Garrett Construction. They were moving earth at a construction site. The employer had established a traffic pattern and Employee #2 had made a complete run earlier that morning, demonstrating that he knew the traffic pattern. Employee #1 was operating the 623E scraper and Employee #2 was operating the 631E scraper. Employee #1 had picked up a load, and accelerated out of the pit. When he reached the top grade, he encountered Employee #2, who was not driving within the established traffic pattern. Employee #1 immediately dropped the bucket of his scraper to reduce his speed on impact. Both employees were injured when the scrapers collided. Both employees lost consciousness. Employee #1 was hospitalized at UMC in Fresno, for severe head trauma. Employee #2 hospitalized at Kaiser Hospital, for unspecified injuries.
Keywords: excavation, unconsciousness, scraper, speeding, work rules, equipment operator, collision, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Other $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306360975 Hospitalized injury Other Short-order cooks FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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