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Accident: 201341906 - Employee Died When Fell Onto An Impalement Hazard

Accident: 201341906 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 04/24/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30379596705/03/20011771Jag Construction
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30379772405/03/20011522J&J Construction Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30379773205/03/20011522Abbott Construction

At approximately 4:20 p.m. on April 23, 2001, Employee #1 died when he fell into a basement excavation on the driver-side rear area of the truck and was impaled on a protruding rebar. The rebar measured approximately 1.5 to 2 feet in length. Employee #1 was delivering ready-mix concrete to a job site. Employee #1 had backed the truck/mixer up to an incline slope (sloping up higher on the left rear passenger side of the vehicle) approximately three feet behind and to the rear driver side of the vehicle to the edge of the basement excavation. Once the wall forms were poured, Employee #1 got out of his truck to assist in topping off the wall forms by racking concrete down the truck chute. Due to the slope of the ground and the chute pinning mechanism on the truck, the chute could not be locked in place in such a manner as to mechanically maintain position of the chute. Another coworker working on another truck on the northwest corner of the construction site went over to the truck to try to help Employee #1. The second employee went back to the truck he was working on. Therefore, the subcontractor had to maintain control of the chute to get the ready-mix concrete to the desired location (common practice in the industry) as Employee #1 racked the concrete down the chute. The subcontractor apparently lost control of the chute. Employee #1 fell into the excavation on the driver-side rear area of the truck and died when he was impaled on the rebar.

Keywords: concrete form work, excavation, rebar, impaled, fall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303795967 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Pouring concrete foundations and walls
FatCause: Fall, other
2 303797724 Occupation not reported FallDist:
3 303797732 Occupation not reported FallDist:

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