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Accident: 202360442 - Two Employees Are Struck By Falling Excavator Bucket

Accident: 202360442 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 04/12/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30997461604/12/20061794Gaines And Company, Inc
Employees #1 and #2 were in an excavation while the foreman was operating a Komatsu hydraulic excavator back filling and placing stones around a 42-in.-high concrete inlet. The foreman had changed the roller to a bucket using a Hydraulic Quick Coupler Release. A locking pin had not been manually installed on the coupler. The excavator swung over the excavation and the bucket detached from the coupler, fell and struck Employees #1 and #2. The two injured employees were hospitalized for treatment of multiple injuries to their heads, arms, back and legs. One employee's legs were permanently paralyzed.
Keywords: excavation, head, paralysis, pin, construction, back, excavator, struck by, falling object, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309974616 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers
2 309974616 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers

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