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Accident: 202344180 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Loader

Accident: 202344180 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 11/10/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30715095311/14/20031611Freedom Pipeline Corp.
On November 10, 2003, Employee #1 and an operator of a loader were digging a trench for storm water utility work. The operator lowered the bucket on the loader to help direct a dump truck driver that was backing up. Once the dump truck was in position, the operator powered up the loader, raised the bucket approximately 18 inches, and began to swing around to continue digging the trench. While the bucket was down, unknown to the operator, Employee #1 connected an 18-inch concrete storm-water pipe to the bucket. As the operator swung the bucket, the pipe (9 feet back) was pulled and caught Employee #1 in the back of his knees. Employee #1 fell and the pipe rolled over him. The operator immediately stopped and called for help. Employee #1 stood up and began complaining of a headache. He was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead due to his injuries.
Keywords: head, loader/backhoe, loader bucket, roll-over, trench, abrasion, loader, struck by, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307150953 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Unloading-loading equipment/material (except by cr

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