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Accident: 201794864 - Employee Injured When Struck By Falling Loader Bucket

Accident: 201794864 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 06/29/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12610714307/09/20011795Cst Environmental Inc
At 7:30 p.m. on June 29, 2001, Employee #1, of CST Environmental, Inc., was fixing a broken bolt on the cover plate of the hydraulic housing of a parked loader. He was working alone with his supervisor approximately 150 ft away. He was standing beneath the loader arm when he disconnected a hydraulic hose. This resulted in a drop in pressure, which caused the bucket to fall approximately 6 in. to the ground. Employee #1 was struck in the back by the arm of the bucket and suffered a serious arm injury, and a contusion to his chest. He was hospitalized for three days at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood. Although the loader engine was off and the controls were in neutral, the bucket, according to the employer, was not blocked against accidental movement prior to the repair. Employee #1 later stated through an interpreter that he was not trained for the job he was doing and did not know about the lock out/block out requirements for repair works on loaders. The employer was citered for the following violations: T8CCR 3203(a)(7), general; T8CCR 1596 (g)(2),general; T8CCR 1596 (f), general; T8CCR 1595 (a), serious; and T8CCR 1596 (a),serious.
Keywords: chest, unsecured, blocks, loader bucket, work rules, construction, crushed, loader, struck by, untrained
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Demolition $50,000 to $250,000 2 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126107143 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Helpers, mechanics and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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