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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310519046 - Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Albany

Nr: 310519046Report ID: 0213100Open Date: 02/20/2007

Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl Inc.
Route 23a
Hunter, NY 12442
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7999/Amusement and Recreation Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 713920/Skiing Facilities
Mailing: Po Box 295, Hunter, NY 12442

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/10/2007
Close Case:06/13/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100741875    
 Referral200747855 Yes  

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200742187Event: 02/19/2007Employee Is Caught In Snow Blower And Is Killed
Between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on February 19, 2007, Employee #1 was caught in the 72-in. wide rotating auger of a BerVac snow blower attachment on the AEBI Terratrac Model Number TT 88. Employee #1 was found at approximately 8:15 p.m. unresponsive and cold by coworkers. At the time of the accident Employee #1 was alone and apparently intending to move the snow blower out of the storage garage. Employee #1 started the snow blower and engaged the auger. The front end of the snow blower was at an angle and up close to the 10 ft wide overhead door. The auger measured 72 in. wide with the right side placed 14.5 in. from the door and the left side 3.75 in. from the door. Employee #1 was between the overhead door and the right side of the rotating auger and then proceeded to manually open the overhead door which was stuck with a build up of ice on the outside. In the process, Employee #1's jacket became caught in the rotating auger pulling his arm and upper body into the machine. Preliminary autopsy results state that Employee #1 died from a laceration of the right neck vessel (carotid artery) and a fracture of the neck and spine.
Keywords: fracture, spine, caught by, laceration, auger, neck, artery, door
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310519046 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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