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Accident: 704767 - Employee Killed Between Skid Steer Loader Mechanisms

Accident: 704767 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 10/28/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10438737810/29/19880781Barberry Brothers, Inc.
At approximately 11:20 a.m. on October 28, 1988, Employee #1, a foreman, was using a skid steer loader to fill soil in a low area on the front lawn of a new home. When the loader became caught on a steel water meter cover that was raised approximately 8 in. above grade, Employee #1 shifted the loader from forward to reverse in an attempt to free it. A coworker started toward the loader, yelling to Employee #1 to stop. Employee #1 raised the front bucket and looked out of the right side of the cab by sticking out his head. Apparently, he depressed the floor pedal for the lifting arms and the bucket lowered and struck him. His head was caught between the lifting arms and the steel body frame of the loader. Employee #1 went into full cardiac arrest and was transported by ambulance to Fallston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:54 a.m. of apparent head and neck injuries. Employee #1 was the only person authorized to operate the skid steer loader.
Keywords: head, loader bucket, work rules, equipment operator, foot control, cardiac arrest, caught between, loader, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104387378 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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