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Accident: 14257406 - Employee Killed In Fall After Air Duct Collapses

Accident: 14257406 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 02/24/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1499980902/29/19841522Mcdevitt & Street Co Parke Division

At about 2:30 p.m. on February 24, 1984, Employee #1 was installing an angle iron frame for a rooftop exhaust support. The built-up roof was already in place, and he was working from inside the building, using a sheet metal air duct as a work platform. Employee #1 was standing on a 50-in.-long section of duct (the end piece of a horizontal run), which cantilevered approximately 47.5 in. from a support hanger. The only support for the cantilever duct section was a "pocket lock" joint that connected the duct sections to the hanger, which was located about 2.5 in. in front of the joint. The added weight from Employee #1 caused the pocket lock joint to separate, and the duct fell to a concrete floor. Employee #1 also fell, reportedly landing on his head and side. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC; the hospital reported his death to job site officials at about 5:00 p.m. the same day. Employee #1 was not wearing personal fall protection equipment.

Keywords: duct, collapse, work rules, overloaded, construction, fall, fall protection, work platform

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14999809 Fatality Concussion Structural metal workers

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