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Accident: 202260576 - Employee Falls And Dies From Impaling Steel Structure

Accident: 202260576 -- Report ID: 0257230 -- Event Date: 02/20/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30170585102/21/20021542Ossam Construction Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30170587702/21/20021791Steel Building Technology
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30170588502/21/20021791Victor Chaparro Contratista

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on February 20, 2002, Employee #1 and coworkers were constructing an indoor gymnasium of a school building when one of the six columns tipped over collapsing the structure. The columns were 33.25-ft tall, and ranged from 17-in. to 45-in. wide. Two of the columns were secured and fitted with water and sewer plumbing. Employee #1 was located above the second column that was connected to another column with bathroom plumbing. When the column of bathroom piping began to fall, it pulled the column supporting Employee #1. He tried to descend the column, but fell landing approximately 15 ft upon unguarded steel rods. The steel rods impaled him causing fatal injuries.

Keywords: building, impaled, building collapse, column, fall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 33 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301705851 Occupation not reported FallDist:
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Cause:
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2 301705877 Occupation not reported FallDist:
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Cause:
FatCause:
3 301705885 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:15
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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