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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 943696 - Backhoe Operator Driving On Highway Is Struck By Automobile

Accident: 943696 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 03/14/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1853246503/16/19891611W. E. Blackmon Construction Co., Inc.
Employee #1, the backhoe operator, was transporting a rubber tire backhoe from a job site to the field office. Employee #1 left the job site at approximately 6:30 p.m. and had traveled through Wilmington, crossed the new bridge, and at approximately 6:55 p.m. was about 1/4 mile from the Brunswick River Bridge on US Route 17. The backhoe was struck in the rear by an automobile traveling approximately 55 mph. The impact jarred Employee #1, causing bruises and strains. The automobile sustained heavy damage and its driver was killed. Employee #1 was wearing a seat belt and the backhoe was traveling with all lights burning, including headlights, red rear/brake lights, amber flashing lights, and rear work lights. The automobile did not have its lights turned on at the time of the impact.
Keywords: highway, equipment operator, construction, collision, seat belt, automobile, struck by, backhoe, sprain, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18532465 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Construction laborers

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