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Accident: 202355640 - Two Employees Are Killed By Overturned Load

Accident: 202355640 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 07/20/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30801700307/20/20041623Leon E Wintermyer Inc
On July 20, 2004, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were using a horizontal boring machine to install fiber optic conduit along a roadside. They back the drilling rods out of the bored hole and pull the conduit through at the same time. As the rods come out of the hole, they are captured in a rod box on the horizontal boring machine. When the box is full, it is removed with a boom truck and an empty box is put in its place. The rod box was full and they pulled the boring machine off the side of the road and positioned a boom truck next to the machine. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were between the boring machine and the truck. They removed the pins at the base of the box for removal. Employee #1, positioned on the machine, began to attach the boom truck to the rod box. Employee #1 stopped when they realized that the rod keepers were not attached to the bottom of the box. The keepers keep the rods in the box as they elevate the full box off the machine. Employee #1 attempted to attach the keepers to the rod box, weighing approximately 8,000 pounds, and it fell from the machine and landed on both of them. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were killed.
Keywords: boom truck, crane boom, crushed, struck by, falling object, crane, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Other $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308017003 Fatality Other Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons
2 308017003 Fatality Other Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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