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Accident: 200925097 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Steel Tube

Accident: 200925097 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 01/15/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31178167801/15/20081791Powers Steel, Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31178166001/15/20081542Whiting And Turner Construction Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31187159401/15/20081791Chesapeake Bay Steel, Inc.

On January 15, 2008, workers from multiple companies were plumbing up a column for a screen wall at roof level. The columns for the screen wall were set and bolted to structural steel; the columns exterior line was designed to be framed in with steel tubing with welded, angle iron saddle, connections. The steel tubes were placed in the saddles using a crane-lift. Some of the tubes were cut loose from the crane-lift without being welded or otherwise secured in the saddles from displacement. Prior to the accident, a come-along was attached with chokers to one of the columns supporting an unsecured steel tube with a level. One worker gave instructions to another worker to tighten up on the come-along. The column was pulled out from under the unsecured steel tube which it was supporting. The unsecured steel tube, a Hollow Structural Section, measuring 27 ft 2 in. long by 0.25 in. thick, 12 in. by 6 in. (rounding 2 in. to 0.17 ft) and weighing 794 lbs (794.18 lbs) fell approximately 15 ft 1.50 in., striking Employee #1, an ironworker, on his head and driving him to the deck. The tube ended up on top of Employee #1 but was partially supported on one end by a lower steel tube which was in place. Employee #1 was wearing a hard hat and sustained a broken leg and possible broken ribs. Employee #1 was hospitalized.

Keywords: head, steel tube, unsecured, iron worker, leg, fracture, construction, steel erection, struck by, falling object
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 3 47

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311781678 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile
2 311781660 Occupation not reported FallDist:
3 311871594 Occupation not reported FallDist:

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