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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201881240 - Employee Killed When Run Over By Backing Excavator

Accident: 201881240 -- Report ID: 0253630 -- Event Date: 10/31/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30691585111/08/20071611Cattaraugus Co Highway Dept Fatality 2007
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on October 31, 2007, Employee #1 was working as a seasonal laborer/flagger on a ditch clearing job in New Albion, NY. A coworker was operating a Link Belt 130LX excavator. He was reversing travel directions to rework a section of the ditch when the Employee #1 became caught under the excavator. He was run over and killed. Employee #1 was in the path of the excavator because, for unknown reasons, he had moved from a position on the opposite shoulder of the road.
Keywords: signalman, work rules, caught by, construction, earthmoving equip, flagman, excavator, run over, backing up, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306915851 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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