Heavy Equipment Fatality (KV70)


What Happened?

On September 5, 2013 a 25 year old construction laborer was verifying grade elevations for the widening of an existing roadway. He was working in the vicinity of an operating skid loader. The skid loader operator was backing the equipment up and ran over the laborer. This resulted in the laborer being crushed and killed.

Contributing Factors

Skid loaders have an obstructed view when backing. 

Unclear if skid loader backing alarm was on or if it was louder than the ambient noise. 


What Can We Learn?


Use of a Peer Check (in the role of a spotter in this instance) would have helped the operator safely back the machine. 

By using a Self-Check (Stop, Think, Act, Review), both workers would have considered the dangers of people and equipment working in the same area.


Overconfidence operation of the skid loader is routine and may have caused complacency. It is a smaller piece of road construction machinery and may have seemed less risky to work around. 

The Physical Environment may have been too loud or chaotic thereby causing both workers to be distracted in performing their work. 

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?