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Accident: 79788.015 - Employee Drowns When Riding Lawn Mower Rolls Over Into Pond

Accident: 79788.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 09/23/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1094154.01509/24/2015D.D.M. Investments, Inc Dba Wieland'S Lawn Services
At 3:26 p.m. on September 23, 2015, Employee #1 was working for a landscaping se rvice. He and a coworker were cutting lawns in a large residential subdivision. The weather was 21 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit), with 78 percent rela tive humidity. Visibility was 16 kilometers (10 miles), with calm winds out of t he east-southeast. At approximately 8:00 a.m. that day, Employee #1 and his cowo rker started mowing the lawns in the residential subdivision. Employee #1 was op erating a SCAG Turf Tiger Model STT61V-791 zero-radius turn commercial mower, wi th Serial Number H9600165. This was a riding mower, on which the operator sat do wn to operate the mower. The coworker was operating a stand-behind-style mower ( a "sulkie," if it was a riding mower). Behind the houses in the subdivision was a large pond. Employee #1 was mowing an area around the pond in the subdivision. As was common, the two workers were not mowing in the same area. As Employee #1 operated his mower around the edge of the pond, a wheel slid off the grass. As a result, the mower rolled over into the pond. Employee #1 was pinned beneath th e mower in water approximately 0.8 meters (30 inches) deep. The mower's roll-ove r protection system (ROPS) was engaged in the upright position. Employee #1 was not wearing a seat belt and he drowned.
Keywords: drown, drowning, inexperience, lawn mower, riding on equipment, roll-over, rops, seat belt, slippery surface, slope, sloping, walking surface, water, work rules
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1094154.015 18 M Fatality

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