Between a bucket and a hard place

The operator overcompensated by pushing the controls to the left, which unfortunately caused the bucket to slam the victim and the woman against the side of the air compressor…

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High-Pressure Blowout

The victim chocked the dump truck’s tires but did not inspect the tire for defects and began to inflate, standing directly in front of it. As the pressure increased, the sidewall failed…

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Worker injured by demolition robot

As he was moving the cable, he accidentally bumped the control panel against the machine. Since he had not put the machine into the emergency stop mode, it moved, pinning him bewteen the outrigger and a nearby wall…

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Fatal Decision

Fearing a violent rollover, the victim took off his seat belt and attempted to jump out of the cab to the high side, but somehow ended up below the machine…

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One lock, not enough

Investigators believe the victim raised the dump bed on the artic to access a grease zerk that was covered by the body of the bed when it was in the down position. During this procedure, the dump body should have been locked in the raised position…

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Gasoline Bomb

Fire is bad enough, but when you run away holding the fuel for the fire, it can only lead to bad consequences.

An automotive mechanic had spent much of a day removing and old fuel tank and installing a new one in a truck…

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The guillotine

When the worker checked, he found the victim sitting in the cab with his head caught in the lift arm boom linkage and hydraulic fluid leaking from the bucket cylinder hydraulic line.

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Unseen, unheard

A skid steer operator yelled a warning to the dozer operator and the victim, but because of the noise of the jobsite, he was not heard by either.

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A twisting tree, a twist of fate

The company ran a generic safety program by the book, but sometimes the book is not enough.

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Impaled on rebar

It was a high-rise job, using a skid steer loader to remove demolition debris on the 21st floor of a building. Above a worker, remote-controlled demolition machines punched holes through the floors to start the demolition process.

The worker was 41 years old and a 14-year veteran of the local Laborers International Union. He had been employed by the contractor for two months during the demolition of a 26-story apartment building.

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A Bump and a Fall

Accident investigators believe the victim fell from the open cab while the roller was in reverse. The seat belt was functional but unfastened and retracted. …

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Heat kills

By lunchtime the temperature had climbed to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity reading of 74 percent.

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Brake Fail

The dozer rolled backward trapping the semi-truck driver between the truck’s front bumper and the rear of the dozer.

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In the ‘shadow’ of an unstable load

The driver was a 67-year-old retired coal miner, Vietnam War veteran and experienced truck driver. He worked in a semi-retired capacity for an equipment rental company and delivered heavy materials, components and machines to construction sites and sometimes helped with the erection of the components. The company was a small, family-owned firm with just five employees. It offered on-the-job and learn-as-you-go training, but had a limited safety program. …

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22 tons tip over on a tiny jack

Experience was no match for the weight of a dozer when a 70-year-old heavy-equipment mechanic was fatally crushed while lowering a 44,200-pound dozer off a bottle jack.

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Tandem lift tragedy

Two excavator operators were using a tandem lift procedure to carry a 128-foot section of 16-inch gas pipeline from a staging area to the installation area at the bottom of a hill. The pipe was secured by two slings about 20 feet from each end of the pipe.

All excavator operators had completed the appropriate training and were considered experts on excavating operations. Although the victim was new to the company, he had 20 years of work experience operating heavy equipment, including excavators, and had been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.But according to OSHA, the employer had not established procedures for using two excavators during a lifting operation…

 

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One lived, one died

The two men looked as though they were suited up, but they weren’t.

As they climbed into the platform both a foreman and a laborer wore regulation full body harnesses and lanyards. But the supervisor neglected to clip his lanyard to the manufacturer-provided and -approved attachment point. The laborer tied off to the railing around the handrail at the perimeter of the basket, but not to an approved attachment point…

 

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An easy lift, a deadly fall

In preparation for lifting an HVAC unit to the top of a school building, the victim and an assistant attempted to put the telescoping boom of a crane into the hoisting mode. When the boom failed to move, the victim called the office for. The company notified an electrician and told the victim and helper to wait.

The helper dismounted and was walking away from the crane when he heard the victim shout. While attempting to climb down from the deck of the crane, the victim apparently stumbled and fell 5 feet, head first, to the pavement.

 

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