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Accident: 170390678 - Employee Killed In Fall From Steel I-Beam

Accident: 170390678 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 12/15/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12541727912/29/19971791Poe Steel Erection Inc

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on December 15, 1998, Employee #1, an iron worker, and a coworker were positioning a 22 in. long crane rail on a 14 in. wide red iron I-beam. They were picking up the rail, one at each end, when it bowed, causing them to lose control and the rail to fall to the floor. Employee #1 then moved toward an extension ladder secured to a steel girt approximately 3 ft away. He missed the ladder and fell approximately 19 ft to the concrete floor. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died on December 23, 1998, of a herniated brain stem. No fall protection was used, and employees were not provided with safety training or an adequate safety program.

Keywords: steel beam, iron worker, work rules, construction, manual mat handling, fall, fall protection, walking on beam, untrained, unstable position
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 3 20 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125417279 Fatality Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Open Web Steel Joists-Bolting-Up
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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