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Accident: 114116.015 - Foreman Is Killed When Skid Steer Falls Down Elevator Shaft

Accident: 114116.015 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 03/04/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1382558.01503/04/2019Azarian Wrecking, Llc
At 2:00 p.m. on March 4, 2019, Employee #1, a foreman employed by a demolition c ompany, was operating a skid steer loader at a multiemployer construction projec t, a nine-story commercial building that was being renovated. He was on the sev enth floor and using the loader to remove clay brick that covered an elevator sh aft. As he removed overhead bricks by pulling them down with the loader's bucke t, the machine's rear wheels rose off the work surface, and the loader fell down the elevator shaft. Employee #1 fell with the loader, a fall height of approxi mately 82 feet. He incurred blunt force trauma to the head and was killed.
Keywords: brick, construction, fall, fall protection, falling object, head, loader, skull, unstable position, wheel
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   9 90 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1382558.015 32 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Demolition

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