Inspection: 102376472 - Bickerton Iron Works, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Inactive-Long Beach
Bickerton Iron Works, Inc.
Berth 121, Port Of Los Angeles
San Pedro, CA 90731
22118 S. Vermont, Torrance, CA 90502
Union Status: Union
Inspection Type: Accident
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 02/24/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction
Case Closed: 10/07/1988
|#||Citation ID||Citaton Type||Standard Cited||Issuance Date||Abatement Due Date||Current Penalty||Initial Penalty||FTA Penalty||Contest||Latest Event||Note|
|1.||01001||Serious||19260020 B02||02/29/1988||03/03/1988||$490||$490||$0||03/14/1988||F - Formal Settlement|
|2.||01002||Serious||19260250 A01||02/29/1988||03/03/1988||$490||$490||$0||03/14/1988||F - Formal Settlement|
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on January 18, 1988, Employee #1 was using a cutting torch to remove angle braces that connected stacked steel I-beams that measured 16 in. by 16 in. by 20 ft and weighed 6,000 lb. The I-beams were parallel to each other, approximately 9 ft apart, and stacked two high. There was a total of four I-beams and the stack was approximately 5 ft high. Cribbing blocks separated the bottom I-beams from the top I-beams and from the pavement. Employee #1 finished cutting the last angle brace and proceeded to walk between the now separated two stacks of I-beams. The I-beams fell inward and trapped Employee #1, crushing him to death. One of the bottom sets of cribbing blocks was placed parallel to the I-beams rather than perpendicular, causing the I-beams to roll inward.
Keywords:beam, blocks, construction, crushed, falling object
|1||102376472||Fatality||Bruise/Contus/Abras||Occupation not reported|