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Accident: 202357687 - Employee Is Injured When Backhoe Overturns

Accident: 202357687 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 07/28/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30898507607/28/20051794Civil Construction, Llc.
On July 28, 2005, Employee #1 was excavating the earth using a backhoe in an area behind a country club and between a patio area and the tennis courts. The backhoe was located on a mount of dirt next to the patio retaining wall. The right side of the backhoe sat approximately 3.5 ft above ground level on the mound of dirt and its left side was leveled above the ground with outriggers. Employee #1 placed the bucket on the ground and rotated the body of the backhoe to reposition the outriggers. As the outriggers lifted, the backhoe became unstable, tipping over. Employee #1 sustained a superficial head wound and was transported the hospital, where he was examined, given aspirin, and then released. Employee #1 stated that the controls in the equipment for the backhoe had a lock mechanism that made the outriggers retract all the way up, which caused the backhoe to become unstable. He did not realize that they operated that way. In interviews with the employee, he revealed the he had not receive training from the company on the safe operation of the equipment and that he relied on his previously 10 years of work experience.
Keywords: excavation, head, loader/backhoe, work rules, earthmoving equip, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 15
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308985076 Non Hospitalized injury Other Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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