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Accident: 129844.015 - One Contractor Is Killed, Another Is Injured By Falling Loa

Accident: 129844.015 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 07/31/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1486296.01507/31/2020Legend, Inc.

At 12:41 p.m. on July 31, 2020, two men were working as independent electrical c ontractors. One was 76, and the other was 91. They were in a warehouse of a dist ributor of mining products. An employee of the mining products distributor was h elping them. He operated a powered industrial truck for the firm. The three men were installing a transformer into an 815 assay furnace. Because the contractors had difficulty bending over, the furnace was raised for them. It was elevated o n the forks of a Clark C25 gas-powered industrial truck. This was a model number C25L truck, with serial number P2321-0053-9897MP. It had a capacity of 1,900 ki lograms (4,200 lbs). The furnace, top and bottom combined, weighed 1,020 kg (2,2 50 lbs). It was sitting on a pallet on the elevated forks of the truck. The pall et weighed about 11 kg (25 lbs). The forks were approximately 0.9 meters (3 feet ) above the concrete floor. The top of the furnace was approximately 0.6 meters (23 inches) above the surface of the pallet. The truck's operator was dismounted from the truck and within 7.6 meters (25 feet) of it. He was the "muscle," hold ing the transformer in place, while the contractors drilled holes and inserted m ounting screws. The distributor's employee was standing on the right side of the PIT with one of the contractors, while the other contractor was toward the fron t left corner of the load. The load-engaging means had not been fully lowered. T he load failed and fell from the forks onto the two contractors. The contractor on the front left corner, the 76-year old, was crushed and killed. The other con tractor, the 91-year old, suffered multiple injuries. He was hospitalized. The f irm's employee, although working with the contractors alongside the load and thu s exposed to the hazard, escaped uninjured. The fatality was not OSHA-covered. T his was a multiple-employer worksite. The inspection number for the electrical c ontractor was 1495692. The inspection number for the distributor was 1486296.

Keywords: caught by, crushed, elderly, electrical work, falling object, forklift, forks, ind trk operator, industrial truck, powered industrial vehicle, struck by, transformer, unstable load

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1486296.015 76 M Fatality
2 1486296.015 91 M Hospitalized injury

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