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Accident: 32875.015 - Employee Crushed And Killed Under Hydraulic Lift While Chang

Accident: 32875.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 10/27/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
711544.01510/27/2012Xtreme Elements, Llc
At approximately 12 p.m. on October 27, 2012, an employee was changing oil in a skid steer (bobcat) loader. The employee raised an old automobile lift up approx imately 2 feet off the floor and rolled under it on a creeper to reach an oil pl ug on the skid steer loader. The skid loader was placed in front of the lift and the lift was blocking access to the oil plug. The lift was raised so the oil pl ug on the loader could be easily accessed. The employee did not crib or block th e lift to prevent it from lowering. The company had recently leased the building and hired the employee as a full time mechanic. The employee had many years of experience working with hydraulic jacks and lifts of this similar type. The lif t had made contact with the back side of the skid loader, slightly taking some o f the weight off the skid steer loader, but the rear wheel area in which the lif t had made contact had not been lifted from the floor. The air leaked from the h oist allowing it to come down onto the employees' neck, pinning and choking the employee. The employee was working alone on a Saturday and was not found until l ater in the day by a coworker who returned from a remote jobsite. The employee s ustained crushing neck and chest injuries and is killed
Keywords: caught in, crushing, head, hoist, hydraulic lift, neck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 711544.015 48 M Fatality Automobile mechanic apprentices

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