Death on Sunshine Circle

LESSONS LEARNED

As reported by ctpost (full story) the operator of a mini-excavator was killed when he was ejected from his seat and pinned by the equipment against a one-story house on Sunshine Circle.

 The scene of this tragic accident.

The scene of this tragic accident.

The operator was excavating the grade in the yard but he was not wearing a seatbelt. He was digging uphill when he was ejected and the machine then rolled backwards, pinning him between the equipment and the house.

 Close-up view of the excavator that rolled backwards hitting the house.

Close-up view of the excavator that rolled backwards hitting the house.

The rescue took only 12 minutes but the first responders could find no pulse. He suffered serious injuries to his chest and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Seat belts must be provided AND USED by all workers using earthmoving equipment such as loaders and excavators. This tragic incident could have had a very different outcome had the operator been wearing his seatbelt.

To read the full story at ctpost.com click here.

Use regular safety meetings as a tool to provide reminders to your crews about everything, even the small stuff! It's okay to remind everyone to remember to wear their seatbelt, and let them know not wearing a seatbelt is not an option.

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