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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123304420 - Black & Veatch Construction, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport


Inspection Nr: 123304420
Report ID: 0111500
Date Opened: 02/03/2000

Site Address:
Black & Veatch Construction, Inc.
75 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06460

Mailing Address:
8400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/06/2000

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction Fatalities

Case Closed: 02/13/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101520179
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 $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
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. 01001 Serious 5A0001 07/07/2000 07/24/2000 $7,000 $7,000 $0 07/21/2000 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201520848
Event: 02/02/2000
Workers Killed In Structure Collapse

On February 2, 2000, Employees #1 and #2 were boiler workers employed by Black and Veatch. Employees #1 and #2 were removing the temporary bracing from the west side of the low pressure side of the Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG), Unit 1. The temporary bracing consisted of three steel I beams that had been welded into position on the vertical columns. The three temporary beams on the east side had been removed on January 31, 2000. Employees #1 and #2 were using an Arc Gouger to cut the welds. Once the welds were cut, a sling was attached to the beam and to the hook of a crane. The beams were freed from the structure by breaking the slag with a hammer. Once freed, the beam was lowered to the ground. The top beam had been removed between 9:00 a.m. and 0930 a.m. Employees #1 and #2 took a coffee break sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Upon returning from the break, Employees #1 and #2.proceeded to cut the top weld of the second temporary diagonal bracing.. Examination of this weld indicates that it had been almost completely cut. At this point the structure started to move in a southerly direction. The structure struck the boom of the crane. The boom broke and struck the basket of the manlift that Employees #1 and #2 were working from, killing them. The boom also hit a second manlift. The worker in that lift sustained a broken leg. As the structure collapsed, it fell onto the crane trapping the operator. The crane operator sustained serious injuries to his legs.

Keywords:boom, brace, fall, fall protection, crane

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123304420 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported
2 123304420 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
3 123304420 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
4 123304420 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
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