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Accident: 43784.015 - Employee Struck-By Excavator'S Counterweight, Is Killed

Accident: 43784.015 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 04/22/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
902325.01504/22/2013Sunland Construction, Inc.
At 10:07 a.m. on April 22, 2013, an employee was picking up pieces of wood called skids to set under pipes waiting to be moved into the excavation. Loose skids were in proximity of the excavator, and the employee was walking towards the working excavator and stationary pipe. Employee #1 entered the swing area of a Komatsu PC310LC-10 hydraulic excavator and he couldn't hear the formen and spotter yelling at him to get out of the swing area. Employee #1 was caught between the excavator's counterweight and the staged piping. Employee #1 died at the scene from his injuries. The employee sustained crushing injuries of the chest and shoulder.
Keywords: pipe, counterbalance, excavation, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 0 0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 902325.015 27 M Fatality Other Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Crushed/run-over of non-operator by operating cons

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