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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1021330.015 - Kloeckner Metals Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport


Inspection Nr: 1021330.015
Report ID: 0111500
Date Opened: 01/23/2015

Site Address:
Kloeckner Metals Corporation
760 Newfield Street P.O. Box 1716
Middletown, CT 06457

Mailing Address:
760 Newfield Street P.O. Box 1716, Middletown, CT 06457

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 423510/Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/15/2015

Emphasis: L:Crane

Case Closed: 07/22/2015

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 935203 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19100179 N03 III A 06/17/2015 07/14/2015 $5,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19100179 N03 III B 06/17/2015 07/14/2015 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 77348.015
Event: 01/23/2015
Employee Killed When Caught Between Steel Plate And A Flat B

At 9:00 a.m. on January 23, 2015, a crane operator lifted the two (2) sheets off the trailer; however due to the cold weather, the wood spacers that were placed between the sheets of steel were frozen to the bottom side of the lower plate. Employee #1 bent over and used another spacer to knock the other spacers off the plate. He did this standing between the sheets of plate steel and the flatbed trailer. Once the spacers had been removed, the operator immediately moved the overhead crane, thinking he was moving the plates to their staging area; however the operator inadvertently moved the crane in the opposite direction (toward th e trailer). When he realized the error, he released the controls, however the mo mentum caused the sheets of plate steel to swing into the trailer, catching Empl oyee #1 who by that time had stood upright facing the trailer, and pinning him t o the side of the trailer. Employee #1 was killed when he sustained crushing i njuries to his chest and upper torso.

Keywords:crane, frozen, steel plate

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1021330.015 Fatality
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