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Accident: 170390819 - Employee Died Due To Chest Injury

Accident: 170390819 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 10/28/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12745061711/07/20021542Action Building Contractors, Inc.

On October 28, 2002, Employee #1 and two other coworkers were performing repair work on a front porch, which required the concrete under the roof structure to be replaced. Employee #1 and his coworkers put temporary supports in place to take the weight off of the four existing permanent support posts. Once the temporary supports were in place, they proceeded to remove the permanent support posts one-by-one in the following order: outside left support, outside right support, inside left support, and inside right support. Just before the last post was removed, Employee #1's coworkers became occupied; one taking a phone call and the other reentering the building for supplies. Without waiting for his coworkers to return, Employee #1 began to remove the inside right support. The roof structure collapsed and trapped him underneath. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for a crushed chest. He died five days later.

Keywords: chest, support posts, roof, collapse, crushed
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 127450617 Fatality Asphyxia Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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