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Accident: 11035.015 - Employee Drowns When A Steel Pile Strikes An Aerial Lift

Accident: 11035.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 03/28/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
283543.01503/28/2012Massman Traylor Alberici, A Joint Venture
At 10:30 a.m. on March 28, 2012, during the construction of a bridge, Employee #1 was working in an S-80 Genie Lift over the Mississippi River. The crew installed chucks on the wheels of the flits after it had been moved into position. A coworker, crane operator, placed a piece of piling in the water to be driven down to secure barges used to construct the bridge. Employee #1 had just disconnected the pipe piling from the hoist when, about a minute later, the coworker noticed that the piling was moving and about to fall so he blew his horn to warn workers. Employee #1 tried to swing the lift away from the path of the falling piling but was unsuccessful. The pipe piling fell and struck the aerial lift. The aerial lift fell from the barge into the river. Employee #1 was still in the basket of the lift when it was struck and was unable to disconnect his harness from the basket. As a result of the accident, Employee # 1 drowned. Employee #1 was not only wearing a harness but also a personal floating device. At the time of the accident the speed of the current was approximately 3.8 mph. The employee drowned while in the lift.
Keywords: struck by, pile driver, aerial lift, boom
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 283543.015 30 M Fatality Asphyxia Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Forming for piers or pylons

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