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Highway worker crushed by swinging backhoe boom.

Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Portland, OR: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, 2009 Jan; :1-5
On July 1, 2007, a 47-year-old road construction worker was killed while working on the ground alongside a backhoe. The worker was a journeyman equipment operator working together with an apprentice, who operated the backhoe. The two road workers were preparing to pull pins from concrete barricades along the roadside, so they could be moved. The journeyman had been on the job with this company only 2 days, and the two workers had never worked together before. The journeyman retrieved two heavy steel pin pullers and a chain from the front loader bucket and walked to the rear of the backhoe, where he tossed one of the pin pullers into the cab. The pin puller fell on a foot pedal that controlled the backhoe boom swing, and the boom instantly swung sideways and crushed the journeyman operator against the raised rear stabilizer. The apprentice operator heard the journeyman yell and swiveled to the rear, where he saw the heavy pin on top of the foot-pedal control. He swung the boom back to its neutral position to free the journeyman and called for emergency help. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Work-operations; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Machine-operators; Equipment-operators; Author Keywords: Construction; Highway Work Zone; Mobile Machinery
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park, L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
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Cooperative Agreement
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008472
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
Highway Worker Crushed by Swinging Backhoe Boom
Performing Organization
Oregon Health and Science University
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division