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Accident: 201262045 - Employee Is Crushed By Falling Asphalt And Dies

Accident: 201262045 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 08/17/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31031969408/18/20061611Bennie Starks D.B.A. Starks Asphalt
On August 17, 2006, Employee #1 was working as a truck driver and mechanic at a work site on an as-needed-basis. A roller being used at the work site was having mechanical problems. Employee #1 told the foreman that he would stay to fix on the roller. The foreman and the rest of the crew left the yard. It appears that the employee started to lift a large piece of asphalt with the bucket of a loader, although he had not been instructed to do so. The piece of asphalt was approximately 6 ft by 4 ft by 1 ft. The loader, a Case 480 Construction King Loader, was approximately 35 years old and was not equipped with falling object protection for the driver. The employee was found in the driver's seat of the loader by the owner, with the bucket arm in the fully extended position and the loader on a slight upgrade. Employee #1 was rushed to Victory Hospital where he later died.
Keywords: maintenance, loader bucket, loader, struck by, falling object, asphalt, truck driver
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 310319694 Fatality Other Truck drivers, heavy FallDist:
Cause: Site grading and rock removal
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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