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Accident: 201352341 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Backhoe

Accident: 201352341 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 11/21/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30674825211/24/20031623Grimes Contracting Inc.
On November 10, 2003, Employee #1 was driving a Caterpillar Backhoe Loader, Model Number 420D, from a construction site to the storage yard to get a plastic pipe. The plastic pipe was 2-in-by-15-ft. Employee #1 did not put the backhoe in the transport-lock position when he it. He parked the backhoe at the storage yard and did not lower the backhoe bucket to the ground, or shut off the motor. Employee #1 stood behind the backhoe, and placed the pipe on and through the cap of the backhoe. The pipe was accidently placed against the control lever of the backhoe which activated it, causing it to swing around and pin Employee #1 against one of the upright outriggers. Employee #1 sustained crushing injuries to his chest. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Keywords: chest, construction, crushed, struck by, storage area, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306748252 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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