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Accident: 80568.015 - Employee Is Caught In Between A Trench And Trenching Equipme

Accident: 80568.015 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 10/24/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1101332.01510/24/2015Badger Construction
At 1:30 p.m. on October 24, 2015, an employee was engaged in trenching operation s, which included tasks such as dust mitigation, taking depth measurements of th e trench, dislodging any foreign objects that may be caught in the chain of the trenching machine (Trencher Tesmec, Model: 1150 XHD). A coworker, operator, of the trencher stated that the employee was to the exterior of the machine sprayin g water near the point of operation, to mitigate the dust. The operator did not provide an explanation as to why the employee was working within five meters fro m the trenching machines point of operation. The operator stated that prior to the incident, the employee worked at a safe distance from the point of operatio n, and when the operator looked down at his control panel in the cab of the mach ine, he looked back up to locate the employee, and did not see him. At that poi nt, the coworker/operator hit the emergency stop button, and later identified th at the employee had been caught in between the boom and trench. Per the Coroner' s autopsy report, the employee was killed from injuries sustained by the inciden t.
Keywords: caught in, dust, residential construction, struck by, trench
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1101332.015 30 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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