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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14240329 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Crane Boom

Accident: 14240329 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 09/26/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10685186809/28/19881629Cagle Construction Co.
Employee #1 was helping two coworkers dismantle a crane boom on a crawler crane. The crane operator had driven the crane to a remote area in order to dismantle the boom, which was laid down to within 18 in. of the ground. The load block had been removed when the foreman called for Employee #1 and the two coworkers to come back to the intersection and operate a D-3 dozer to spread base material. About an hour later, the three employees returned to the crawler crane to continue dismantling the boom. The crane operator was using a sledgehammer to remove the bottom two pins from the first head section of boom. He knocked out one pin and was knocking out the other one when Employee #1 asked if he could do it. Employee #1 prematurely removed a pin holding a boom section, causing the boom to fall on him, killing him. The boom had not been properly blocked and the suspension ropes had not been relocated as they should have been according to the operator's manual.
Keywords: dismantling, pin, crane boom, work rules, crawler crane, construction, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106851868 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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