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Accident: 14267181 - Roof Collapse

Accident: 14267181 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 05/14/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
92754105/15/19841542W J Murphy Construction Co Inc

THE EMPLOYEES WERE ERECTING PREFABRICATED WOODEN ROOF TRUSSES ON A 1 1/2 STORY BUILDING, UTILIZING A CRANE. INADEQUATE TEMPORARY BRACING WAS USED, CAUSING THE COLLAPSE, IN DOMINO FASHION, OF 21 TRUSSES. A CARPENTERS HELPER, WORKING BELOW, WAS STRUCK AND FATALLY INJURED. TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE STANDING ON TOP OF A 2 X 6 TOP PLATE OF EXTERIOR WALLS, GUIDING THE TRUSSES INTO POSITION WHEN THEY COLLAPSED. THE WALLS BUCKLED AND BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE THROWN TO THE GROUND. THEY WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. IMPROPER BRACING WAS USED TO HOLD THE TRUSSES IN POSITION. NO SAFETY BELTS OR OTHER FALL PROTECTION WAS USED BY THE MEN ON TOP OF THE WALL.

Keywords: truss, collapse, safety belt, fall, fall protection, bracing

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 927541 Fatality Asphyxia Carpenter apprentices
2 927541 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenter apprentices
3 927541 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters

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