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Accident: 201261229 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed While Off Loading Cable Plow

Accident: 201261229 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 06/12/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30522869406/13/20021623Home Improvement Master, Inc.
. On June 12, 2002, Employee #1 was off-loading a 16-horsepower, track-mounted, walk-behind cable plow from a Chevrolet Astro van. He apparently started the machine and engaged the clutch at half throttle, intending to back the 850-lb machine through the cargo doors and down two ramps. Employee #1 was backing up through the doors when he became trapped between the machine's handlebars and the roof of the van and was killed. He was discovered by a coworker returning to the truck. When he was found, the engine of the cable plow was running at half throttle and the rubber tracks were slipping on the truck bed. Coworkers initial attempts to free Employee #1 were unsuccessful.
Keywords: vehicle in gear, construction, caught between, crushed, off loading, backing up
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305228694 Occupation not reported

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