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Accident: 742999 - Employees Injured In Fall Into Excavation

Accident: 742999 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 04/10/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10444441904/11/19901623Henkels & Mccoy Inc.
Employees #1 and #2 were members of a crew that was excavating an approximately 7.5-ft by 27-ft-deep hole. A safety can, a 7.5-in. by 14-ft weight, was placed in the hole atop a wedge rock with the top approximately 2.5 ft above ground. Employees #1 and #2 were on the north side of the safety can, directing the excavator operator on where to place the Poclain excavator in the hole. The machine was on the south side of the safety can. Both employees were in a kneeling position, leaning against the safety can. The main boom of the excavator hit the top of the safety can, causing it to fall 10 to 12 ft and sending both men approximately 27 ft into the hole. They were hospitalized for their injuries.
Keywords: excavation, boom, work rules, construction, excavator, fall, struck by, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104444419 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 104444419 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.

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