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Accident: 117622.015 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Falling Counterweight

Accident: 117622.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/02/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1412698.01507/02/2019Berkel And Company Contractors, Inc
At 10:15 a.m. on July 2, 2019, Employee #1, employed by a construction company, was working at a heavy construction project that involved pile driving in preparation for laying the deep foundation support for a three-story parking structure. Employee #1 was working from the basket of an aerial device and assisting with the set up of the pile driving equipment, including counterweights for a Liebherr 1200 crawler crane. He was the designated rigger and signal person. During the rigging of the 10,000 pound counterweights, a counterweight fell from the sling, first striking the crane's cab and then falling onto Employee #1 in the aerial basket. Employee #1 sustained fatal crushing injuries.
Keywords: crushing, counterbalance, rigging, pile driver, hoisting mechanism, falling object, crushed, crawler crane, construction, struck by, sling, chain, aerial lift, signalman
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1412698.015 50 M Fatality Other Pile-Driver Operator FallDist:
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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