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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $10,780 $0 $0 $3,850 $0 $14,630
Current Penalty $10,780 $0 $0 $3,850 $0 $14,630
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 06/12/2015 07/09/2015 $5,390 $5,390 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 06/12/2015 07/09/2015 $5,390 $5,390 $0 Z - Issued
  3. 02001 Other 19040039 A01 06/12/2015 07/09/2015 $3,850 $3,850 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 75690.015 Event: 04/11/2015Employee Struck By Broken Tow Chain And Is Killed
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on April 11, 2015, an employee was towing a stranded 2003 Kenworth Concrete Mixer Truck, VIN# 1NKWL0EX73J893708, using a Caterpillar CAT 928H Front End Loader. The employee attached a 2-foot section of .5 diamete r chain fed through the tow coupler and looped against itself to the stranded tr uck. After 45 minutes of towing, the tow chain broke sending the D-ring and tow rope flying towards the loader. The D-ring of the tow rope struck the 6-inch ro und exhaust pipe of the CAT 928H loader deflecting it toward the employees cab. The D-ring broke through the rear window, struck the employee in the back of th e head, and punched through their head and the windshield before finally coming to rest near the bucket of the loader. The employee was pronounced dead on scen e by responding emergency personnel.
Keywords: broken chain, construction vehicle, front end loader, struck by, towed equipment
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1053578.015 Fatality Equipment Operator: Heavy

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