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Accident: 201450020 - Employee Killed When Struck By Excavator Bucket

Accident: 201450020 -- Report ID: 0418500 -- Event Date: 05/01/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30110858505/02/19971629Earthscapes, Inc.
After watching Employee #1 drive his Mack truck from the loading area, the operator of a Caterpillar excavator turned away from the truck and began to make another pile of dirt for the next load. While he was digging, the excavator bucket became entangled with a buried conduit containing communication wires. The coworker was moving the excavator arm and bucket clockwise to remove the conduit when the bucket struck Employee #1. For some reason, he had backed down into the area, left his truck cab, and was standing on the side of his truck when he was struck. Employee #1 suffered massive internal injuries and died at the hospital.
Keywords: work rules, construction, earthmoving equip, excavator, struck by, communication, inattention, truck driver
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301108585 Fatality Other Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site grading and rock removal
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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