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Accident: 14352397 - Crane Operator Killed In Cab Of Overturned Crane

Accident: 14352397 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 06/06/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
121779306/06/19843731Bender Shipbuilding And Repair Company Inc
Employee #1 was operating a rail-mounted crane on the wingwall of a floating dry-dock, attempting to remove a sand-hopper from the deck of an oil tanker under repair. A sand-hopper is a portable cylindrical container used to store sand for sandblasting operations. The sand-hopper alone weighed approximately 8 tons and was filled with approximately 3 to 5 yards of sand, for a total weight of approximately 30,000 pounds or 15 tons. The load was attached to the crane's main hoistline (25 ton capacity). Employee #1 swung the load over the dry-dock wingwall and traveled down to the north end. While lowering the load, he apparently exceeded the crane's capacity at that particular boom radius, causing the crane to fall 38 ft from atop the wingwall into the steel berthing barge. Employee #1 was crushed inside the cab of the crane and killed instantly.
Keywords: shipyard, dock, work rules, overloaded, crane cab, crushed, crane operator, crane, overturn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1217793 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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