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Accident: 898080 - Employee Killed When Crushed Between Bucket And Pipe

Accident: 898080 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 08/26/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12661989908/27/19971623M.E.B. Mid Eastern Builders, Inc.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on August 26, 1997, Employee #1, who was a supervisor, and three coworkers were installing 8 ft by 36 in. sections of flared-end storm drain pipe. Two sections of pipe were already in place and the crew was forming the foundation for the next section. Employee #1 was apparently signaling to the excavator operator to smooth out the area where the pipe was to be placed when he became caught between the bucket of the excavator and the top edge of the pipe. He was crushed to death.
Keywords: chest, installing, signalman, work rules, construction, caught between, crushed, excavator, pipe, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126619899 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Crushed/run-over by construction equipment during

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