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Accident: 201363488 - Two Employees Drown In Bulldozer In River

Accident: 201363488 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 12/07/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31362805912/08/20091629Cahaba Disaster Recovery, Llc
On or about December 3, 2009, Employees #1 and #2 were performing debris removal and erosion control work along the Coldwater River Watershed, in a Caterpillar (Model D-4) bulldozer near the Coldwater River. Work on this project had been suspended on December 2, 2009, due to heavy rains and high river levels. For unknown reasons, Employees #1 and #2 drove to project access property in Desoto County, MS on or about December 3, 2009, and parked their pickup on dry land. They both then got into the enclosed cab of the bulldozer and drove it toward the Coldwater River, which was out of its banks due to previous heavy rains. At some point, the dozer fell into the Coldwater River, and the two men drowned. The top of the dozer was not noticed until it was spotted by other workers on the south side of the Coldwater River at about 1:00 p.m. on December 7, 2009. The bodies of Employees #1 and #2 were found inside the cab of the Caterpillar D-4 dozer.
Keywords: vehicle, equipment operator, riding on equipment, river, bulldozer, drown, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 313628059 Fatality Other FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment
2 313628059 Fatality Other FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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