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Accident: 104358.015 - Employee Demolishing A Bridge Falls And Sustains Injures

Accident: 104358.015 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 10/23/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1272879.01510/25/2017Kenny Construction Company
At 3:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employed by a construction company, were engaged in demolition work on a 13 feet high train bridge. Employee #1 and Coworker #1, who was the foreman, were torch cutting one of the main bridge girders. After torch cutting the south end of the girder, Employee #1 moved to the north end to assist Coworker #1. Employee #1 connected his personal fall arrest system to a beam clamp that connected to the "tail end" of the girder, which was to remain in place after the rest of the girder's middle section was cut away. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 finished cutting the girder, and the main section dropped as planned, but the "tail end" also dropped. Employee #1, whose fall arrest equipment connected to the "tail end," was pulled by the falling girder and fell, a fall height of approximately 13 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a fractured wrist and a severely injured back.
Keywords: wrist, back, demolition, fall, fall protection, girder, fracture, falling object, construction, bridge
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Demolition   13
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1272879.015 33 M Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers

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