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Accident: 201611134 - Employee Dies When Crushed By A Dump Truck

Accident: 201611134 -- Report ID: 1054118 -- Event Date: 05/03/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30267830505/04/19991611Devils Lake Rock Company
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on May 3, 1999, Employee #1, a shovel operator, died after being crushed by a dump truck. Two workers were in the process of shoring up a beach front property with huge boulders. In addition to serving as a shovel operator, Employee #1 was also responsible for transferring the huge rocks to the area that was being shored. His co-worker was a truck driver that was bringing in boulders to a staging site near the property that needed to be shored. His co-worker came into the staging site to deliver a load. After he dumped the load, he started experiencing problems. He was not able to lower the dump box. Employee #1 noticed this and instructed his co-worker to move forward so that he could get out of the muddy area where the dump truck was parked. Employee #1 then told his co-worker he was going to get a piece of cardboard out of his personal vehicle so he could get under the truck and work on the valve linkage so the dump box could be lowered. As Employee #1 worked under the truck, his co-worker pulled ahead slowly, stopped the truck, stepped out of the truck's cab. He noticed that Employee #1 was pinned underneath the truck's fuel tank. He ran to a nearby house and summoned assistance. Paramedics were called to the scene. Fire Department personnel arrived within two to three minutes. They attempted to revive him but were not successful. Employee #1 died at the scene.
Keywords: asphyxiated, crushed, dump truck
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Other $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302678305 Fatality Asphyxia Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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