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Accident: 201282613 - Employee Is Crushed And Asphyxiated By Landfill Compactor

Accident: 201282613 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 03/13/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30962342903/13/20074212Lamar Ewing Trucking, Inc.
On March 13, 2007, Employee #1 was working as a heavy equipment mechanic for Lamar Ewing Trucking, Inc., a firm primarily engaged in furnishing trucking or transfer services without storage in a local area. He and a coworker were onsite at the Richland Creek Landfill, which was operated by Allied Waste Industries. Lamar Ewing had been hired to transport a Caterpillar 836G landfill compactor to another facility. The transport truck checked in at the gate of the Richland Creek Landfill at approximately 2:45 p.m. The driver of the tractor trailer was operating the compactor while Employee #1 assisted. To load the compactor onto the trailer, wooden blocks under the wheels and axle of the compactor. Moments prior to the accident, Employee #1 had placed a wooden block on the ground under the wheel on the right-hand side of the vehicle. Then he guided the driver so that a tooth of the wheel was correctly positioned and there was enough clearance between the axle of the vehicle and the trailer. Employee #1 raised his hand signaling the driver to stop. The driver put the vehicle in neutral and had his foot on the brake. Employee #1 was beneath the vehicle, possibly retrieving chains and tie downs from a storage compartment in the trailer, when the vehicle shifted, crushing his chest between the undercarriage and the wooden block. He was killed, and the cause of death was asphyxia.
Keywords: chest, loading, asphyxiated, blocks, load shift, mechanic, crushed, landfill, flatbed truck, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309623429 Fatality Asphyxia Heavy equipment mechanics

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