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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14526404 Event: 08/30/1985Head Caught In Pinch Point Of Front End Loader
THE EMPLOYER WAS OPERATING A NEW HOLLAND L-785 SKID STEER FRONT END LOADER. HE HAD JUST DUMPED A BUCKET OF SAND AT A CANAL EDGE. EMPLOYEE #1, APPARENTLY ATTEMPTING TO GET HIS BOSS'S ATTENTION, STUCK HIS HEAD BETWEEN THE RAISED BUCKET ARM AND IT'S HYDRAULIC CYLINDER. THE OPERATOR WAS UNAWARE OF EMPLOYEE #1'S LOCATION. WHEN HE DROPPED THE BUCKET TO THE BACK BLADING POSITION, EMPLOYEE #1'S HEAD WAS CAUGHT IN THE PINCH POINT AND HIS SKULL FRACTURED. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUCED DEAD. CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED HAZARD WARNINGS MAY HAVE PREVENTED THIS FATALITY.
Keywords: front end loader, hydraulic cylinder, crushed, skull, nip point
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1204791 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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