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Accident: 975581 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling 1 1/2 Ton Magnet

Accident: 975581 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 06/05/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10800538006/06/19895932Madden Auto Sales And Salvage
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on June 5, 1989, at Madden Auto Sales and Salvage in Blocher, IN, the hydraulic hose (original equipment) on a 17-year-old P&H 312 track backhoe ruptured. All hydraulic pressure to the boom failed instantly. The entire boom, and the 1 1/2 ton magnet it was carrying, free-fell and struck Employee #1, age 52. He died instantly of multiple head fractures and wounds, and multiple fractures of other body parts. The track backhoe did not have a hydraulic cylinder holding its valves intact, which is current standard safety equipment on all such units in the industry. Employee #1 should not have been in the area.
Keywords: fracture, head, boom, work rules, equipment failure, hose, hydraulic line, rupture, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108005380 Fatality Fracture Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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