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Accident: 202013017 - Employee Injured When Struck By Rotating Body Of Excavator

Accident: 202013017 -- Report ID: 0216000 -- Event Date: 11/07/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11393986211/08/19961622Popoli Construction, Inc.
Employee #1 was performing demolition work on a bridge by cutting the existing bridge rail in preparation for the next piece of bridge roadway to be removed. He was standing between the existing railing of the bridge and a John Deere 792D LC excavator when he was struck by the rotating superstructure of the excavator and became caught between it and the bridge railing. He sustained a head laceration, an open chest wound, and a severe laceration to his left arm near the elbow. The work area was congested, and no signalman was designated to inform the excavator operator when employees were clear of the machine. In addition, there was no barricade system to prevent employees from entering the danger zone created by the swing radius of the superstructure and fixed objects such as the bridge railing.
Keywords: clearance, demolition, signalman, barrier guard, work rules, construction, caught between, laceration, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Demolition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 113939862 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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