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Accident: 83436.015 - Employee Drives Dump Truck Off An Embankment And Later Dies

Accident: 83436.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 10/31/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1105553.01511/12/2015179469685 - Kelchner Construction Company
On October 31, 2015, Employee #1 was driving an off-road dump truck to assist in the excavation of a retention pond at a plant site. Prior to beginning of his shift, Employee #1 told a coworker that he was not feeling well and he intended to take a nap prior to his shift, which he did so for approximately 30 minutes. At approximately 10:30 am, after beginning his shift, while returning from dump ing a load of soil on another section of the property, Employee #1 was observed by coworkers to have possibly lost consciousness and his vehicle left the roadwa y. The vehicle traveled approximately 300 yards across a cleared section of the site, and the vehicle drove over a vertical embankment approximately 12 feet abo ve the floor of the retention pond, and the vehicle impacted the floor of the ex cavation cab. The employee received chest and head injuries in the incident, an d was conscious and responsive after the crash of the vehicle. The employee was transported to the hospital, where he remained for ten (10) days convalescing, a nd appeared to be recovering. Following an in-hospital procedure to remove filt ers from his arteries, the employee suffered a fatal heart attack, and passed aw ay on Nov 10, 2015. The County Coroner's Office reported that they were unable t o determine the cause of Employee #1 having lost consciousness prior to the cras h of the vehicle.
Keywords: dump truck, embankment, struck against, unconsciousness
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1105553.015 49 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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