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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1203163.015 - Veritas Steel Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton


Inspection Nr: 1203163.015
Report ID: 0521100
Open Date: 01/17/2017

Site Address:
Veritas Steel Llc
3526 W Sherman Street
Wausau, WI 54401

Mailing Address:
3526 W Sherman Street, Wausau, WI 54401

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 332312/Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/10/2017


Close Case:08/24/2018

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1173314
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 1 6
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $48,891 $0 $0 $0 $0 $48,891
Current Penalty $28,067 $0 $0 $0 $0 $28,067
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 07/14/2017 08/21/2017 $12,675 $12,675 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 07/14/2017 08/21/2017 $9,054 $9,054 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
3. 01003A Serious 19100179 J03 07/14/2017 08/14/2017 $9,054 $9,054 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
4. 01003B Serious 19100184 D 07/14/2017 07/26/2017 $0 $0 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
5. 01004 Serious 19100179 L03 I 07/14/2017 08/07/2017 $6,338 $9,054 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement  
6. 01005 Serious 19100184 C09 07/14/2017 07/25/2017 $9,054 $9,054 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement  
7. 02001 Other 19100179 G01 V 07/14/2017 07/24/2017 $0 $0 $0 08/07/2017 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 92213.015
Event: 01/15/2017
Employee Struck By Falling Steel Bridge Girder And Is Killed

On January 15, 2017, a crew, of three employees, was working in the east bunk of the paint shop. The crew consisted of an employee, a coworker, and a Lead-man. The work in the paint shop consisted of finishing bridge girders and other misce llaneous components, which involved employees handling, grinding, blasting, insp ecting and finishing the components. Four overhead cranes were in operation in t he paint shop for material handling purposes. The cranes shared the same set of rails, running east to west. Two 25 ton cranes were used to perform tandem lifts for the large bridge girders. Tandem lifts were typically accomplished with two double leg chain sets and two crane operators. Four girders had been staged in the bunk with a space left open in the middle. At approximately 3:45 p.m., the employee and the coworker were operating the east and west cranes, respectively, to set a 122 ft. long bridge girder down onto two paint stands in the open spac e. The girder weighed approximately 44,000 lbs. The bottom flange of the girder was 18 inches wide and the web was approximately 8.5 feet tall. The employees ha d placed their rigging at the quarter points from the girder ends. The girder ha d been set down on the stands and two bars clamps were used to secure the girder to the stands; one on each stand and on opposite sides of the girder. The emplo yees began unhooking their rigging. The coworker had walked the west crane hoist and rigging down to the west end of the girder after it was unhooked. The emplo yee had unhooked the rigging from the girder and was in the process of raising t he crane hoist for the rigging to clear the floor. As the hoist was raised, the hook on the south side of the girder caught the bottom flange, causing the girde r to become unbalanced. The girder tipped over and fell, striking the employee. The girder falling created a domino effect with two other girders staged to the north and knocked them off the stands. The employee suffered blunt force trauma to the chest, abdomen and the pelvis and was killed.

Keywords:crane, falling object, girder, rigging, struck by, tandem lift

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1203163.015 Fatality Crane and tower operators
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