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Accident Summary Nr: 200551844 - Employee Killed When Staircase Collapsed, Pinning Him

Accident Summary Nr: 200551844 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 04/14/2001
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
30308524504/16/200117950Hamps Construction Company

Abstract: At 8:30 a.m. on April 14, 2001, Employee #1 was working from the first floor landing performing the job task of cutting exposed steel rebar from a structural support that supported the stairs leading from the first floor to the second floor of Building D-4. Employee #1 was using a cutting torch and stood on top of the landing while cutting the exposed rebar that secured it to the risers. During this process, the concrete staircase leading to the second floor apparently weakened and the staircase collapsed, pinning Employee #1 between the landing of the stairway and the staircase. Employee #1 died as a result of asphyxia by chest compression, with multiple rib fractures caused by the action of the collapsed staircase.

Keywords: chest, fracture, stair, asphyxiated, collapse, pinned, stair landing, torch, rib, cutting and burning
Accident Details
End Use Project Type Project Cost Stories Non-building Height Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Demolition $250,000 to $500,000 3 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 303085245 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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