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Hoisting Error Injures Rigger

The victim, a rigger, was in the process of rigging up a "Christmas tree" of three beams. He had put the choker around the first beam, and tightened it by pulling on the leg of the sling. This might have pushed up the top end of the sling, which was already over the hook, so the eye of the sling rode up onto or over the point of the hook, where it caught on the latch. Then the victim signaled the crane operator to raise the load. When the beam was overhead, the rigger began rigging the second beam. All of a sudden, there was a noise that witnesses described as a "click," which may have been the eye of the sling slipping off the latch, and the rigged beam dropped onto the victim, who was hospitalized for fractures sustained in the accident.

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