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Accident: 117915.015 - Employee Is Struck And Killed When Jack Stand Fails

Accident: 117915.015 -- Report ID: 0950672 -- Event Date: 07/11/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1415096.01507/11/2019J.T. Thorpe & Sons, Inc.
At 3:15 p.m. on July 11, 2019, Employee #1, a boilermaker, and two coworkers, em ployed by a refractory services company, were working at a multiemployer constru ction project, a refinery's tank farm. They were performing maintenance and rep airs to a tank's interior floating roof and bottom. They made use of an employe d-designed and fabricated jack stand to lift the floating roof inside the tank. The jack stand, which had not been designed to withstand the forces involved in lifting the floating roof, broke. The jack stand's metal top plate, which meas ured 24 inches by 24 inches and weighed approximately 50 pounds, struck Employee #1's face. Employee #1 sustained traumatic injuries to his face and was killed . The subsequent investigation determined that the employees had not been train ed to use the lifting system. In addition, there were no employer records of em ployees having been trained to work in permit-required confined spaces or enviro nments where exposure to heat-related illness could be reasonably anticipated, s uch as the interior of the tank where they were working when Employee #1 was kil led.
Keywords: confined space, construction, equipment failure, face, installing, jack, maintenance, repair, roof, struck by, tank, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1415096.015 26 M Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations

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