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Accident: 200352185 - Demolition Employee Killed When Crushed By Load

Accident: 200352185 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 11/02/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30474410511/02/20011795D. H. Griffin Wrecking Company,Inc.

On November 2, 2001, Employee #1 and coworkers were in process of lifting a 44,000 pound concrete slab that had been part of a bridge that was being demolished. The slab was being lifted by a crane while Employee #1 and another worker were underneath the slab, on a barge, cutting rebar and concrete with an oxygen assisted magnesium lance. The load had been lifted several times to break it loose from the pilings underneath the bridge. When the concrete slab was lowered back into its position on the pilings, slack was created in the wire rope basket hitch/sling, which was not noticed by the signalman or workers underneath the slab. At the same time, Employee #1 positioned his head and body under the load to cut the last piece of rebar and concrete. Due to the slack in the wire rope hitch/sling, after the rebar and concrete were cut, the load broke loose and dropped/rolled in the sling causing the concrete slab to strike, pin and crush Employee #1's head. When other workers heard the slab "pop and bang" and noticed no response from the location of Employee #1, the crane signalman gave signal for the crane operator to lift the load. When the load was lifted, Employee #1's body fell into the river, and was later retrieved by coworkers. Coworkers also called 911

Keywords: concrete slab, fracture, head, demolition, crushed, struck by, falling object
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Demolition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304744105 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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