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Accident: 202220810 - One Is Killed, One Is Injured When Backhoe Loader Overturns

Accident: 202220810 -- Report ID: 0111100 -- Event Date: 07/27/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31571771007/27/20111623Bowdoin Excavation Llc
Shortly before 3:00 p.m on July 27, 2011, Employee #1, a 23-year-old laborer, and Employee #2, a backhoe loader operator, were working at the site of a previously excavated trench, part of a natural gas line project in Bangor, Maine. Employee #2 was driving a Caterpillar 420E backhoe loader across a steep slope (measuring 32 to 40 degrees) located above the trench. Employee #1 was positioned on the downhill side of the slope, a position inappropriate for his task. The backhoe loader's bucket, a side dump unit, was loaded with gravel. As Employee #2 drove the backhoe loader forward while side dumping the gravel, the backhoe loader overturned. Employee #1 was killed when the backhoe frame struck him and crushed his chest. Employee #2 received minor cuts and bruises. Both employees were employed by Bowdoin Excavation LLC, North Yarmouth, Maine.
Keywords: chest, equipment operator, construction, steep grade, crushed, laceration, struck by, backhoe, backhoe bucket, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 5 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315717710 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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