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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Here's a really s#tty story...
I had a HS buddy who was killed several years ago in a mining accident. He was operating a Caterpillar D10 (one of the largest bulldozers Caterpillar makes, about a 190,000 lb. machine). He was working a night shift at a coal mine.
Nobody knows what happened for sure, but somehow he backed over the ledge of a steep slope and tumbled down a 60 degree embankment about 300 yards into the bottom of a large mining pit. He was killed from blunt force trauma (crushed basically). He had been a heavy equipment operator for several decades (you have to be in order to be allowed to operate one of these monsters).
On top of the ledge he was working there were two light plants (basically trailer mounted generators with a mast and some stadium lights on top) in the area. One of the light plants wasn't working. The dozer had flood lights all over it for working at night, but those things have huge blind spots no matter how many lights are on them.
Seemed like a cut and dried case of employer liability, and his family was going to be taken care of for life.
BUT...then the toxicology report came back. He had traces (just traces) of Oxycodone in his blood from a minor ankle injury a week before.
180 degree about face...family received nothing and the findings were 100% operator error. All his family got was whatever his union pension was.
Sad, but true, story.