Small trench, big disaster

On the day of the incident, a 36-year-old pipelayer and another worker for a water, sewer and drainage installation and repair business entered the trench to remove old pipes and install new ones. The trench had no protective system, although there was a hydraulic shoring cylinder near the bottom on one side.

The job was almost done when the victim entered the trench to nish connecting the pipes. The trench collapsed, burying him.

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Alone, stoned…and dead

A surveyor who had worked for the company for five months and operated on ATVs much of that time went missing on a day few employees were at work. After 45 minutes his supervisor attempted to contact him by radio but got no response. After 30 more minutes the super started a search and headed in the same direction with crew members.

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High wire hazard

The boom of the excavator was so high it snagged a four-wire utility line carrying power, cable TV, telephone and a neutral wire. The tension on the wires caused by the moving excavator broke the utility pole 70 feet away, bringing all the wires crashing down.

 

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Dragged to his death: How to prevent chipper accidents

Although there were no eyewitnesses to the accident, it is likely that the victim’s shirt or glove snagged on a branch and he either slipped or stumbled trying to get free and was unable to pull the feed-control bar into the neutral position.

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Warming fire turns deadly on Oregon jobsite

On a cold, rainy, winter morning in the woods of Oregon a worker for a logging and construction firm began started a warming fire using a mixture of diesel fuel and chainsaw gasoline. The worker walked away from the fire for about 15 minutes to make a cell phone call.

Accident investigators believe a mechanic, in an attempt to boost the fire in the coworker’s absence, poured straight gasoline from a 5-gallon container onto the smoldering fire, engulfing him in flames.

 

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Dangerous chaos after a trench collapse

A 17-year-old male laborer was killed and his coworker injured in a trench collapse during a job to replace a broken sewer line.

The day before the accident a trench box had been used to shore up the walls of the trench, but it had been removed at the end of the day and not put back in place. The two workers entered the unprotected trench the following day to check the depth with a grade pole and replace two sections of pipe.

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Deadly driveshaft

Power take-off devices on trucks do a great many things, but like any rotating mechanical device, they need to be respected.

 

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Heat Kills

Unlike cuts and blunt force injuries, heat stress, including cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion, can be hard to detect.

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Downhill disaster

After refueling his wheel loader at the top of a hill, an operator began a steep ride down to where the work was taking place. As the wheel loader pickup up speed, the operator hit the brake pedals, but the brakes failed to engage. The loader hit a bump on the descent and began bucking violently back and forth. Other workers at the site reported seeing the operator bouncing inside the cab.

 

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Attempt to disassemble crane boom proves fatal

Most safety precautions regarding cranes pertain to when the machine is in operation. But, the process of assembling or dismantling a crane can be fraught with danger.

 

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One jump, one slip and a worker goes under a paving machine

Paving machines move so slowly, you wouldn’t think you could get run over by one. But, you’d be wrong. Here’s what happened when a new crew member made the fatal decision to hitch a ride when a paver was backing up.

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Why you do a daily, visual walk around… with a checklist

The accident: A veteran heavy equipment operator climbed aboard his dozer and began pushing shale rock into stockpiles. The owner of the equipment was also working nearby, picking up the shale with a wheel loader and placing it in dump trucks for removal. Although functional, the dozer was almost 40 years old.

After lunch, the dozer operator resumed work, but unable to loosen any shale from an embankment, he put the dozer into reverse. After backing up approximately 6 feet, a hydraulic line on the left side of the dozer burst, spraying hot hydraulic uid across the exhaust manifold.

Moments later, flames engulfed the operator.

 

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Cold weather calamity: Attempt to clear ice from foot controls leads to operator’s death

The accident: On a cold January night in Michigan, the operator of a skid steer was getting ready to plow snow after a recent storm, when he noticed the foot controls weren’t operating properly.

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Trench Collapse: Homeowner changes mind, boss leaves to do errands, crew makes fatal mistake

December 30: a time when the days are short, the weather is less than ideal and everyone’s in a hurry to finish work and go home for the holidays. Except, one construction worker never made it home.

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Unsafe surroundings: Unrecognized hazards could cause trouble for you – or for someone else

The accident: Two workers, a laborer and an equipment operator, were preparing an area for a new concrete slab adjacent to a building. The laborer was on foot, assisting the skid steer operator by direct- ing him into position in front of the building. The laborer signaled for the skid steer operator to stop the machine at the edge of the exca- vation and dump a load of gravel and sand. The skid steer rolled forward into the depression and tipped forward, pinning the laborer against the building by the bucket. Emergency medical services were called and transported him to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

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Breaking bad habits: Save yourself in the event of a rollover

The accident: A construction foreman was operating a compaction roller along an incline next to a roadway. The roller articulated unexpectedly, sliding down the incline and tipping onto its side. The operator, who was not wearing a seat belt or hard hat, jumped from the roller. He failed to clear the machine and was struck by the rollover protective structure.

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Trenching tactics: Use proper precautions to avoid a collapse

The accident: A crew assigned to dig a trench and install conduit dug an 8-foot-deep by two-foot-wide trench. Two crew members, who were working their first day on the job and who were not assigned to be working in the area, entered the trench. The trench collapsed, covering both workers.

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Deadly drops: Collapses aren’t the only source of demolition dangers

The accident: A construction crew working on a rooftop demolition project was making chainsaw cuts to the roof’s planking to ease removal. One of the workers moved to close to an opening, and fell 26 feet to a waste heap below.

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