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Accident: 14352827 - Employee Struck On Head By Swinging Pipe

Accident: 14352827 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 05/05/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10034553705/05/19862621Cleveland Wrecking Co., Inc.
DURING DEMOLITION OF A BUILDING, AN EMPLOYEE WAS USING A CUTTING TORCH TO CUT BEAMS. THE EMPLOYEE CUT A VERTICAL H-BEAM WHICH WAS A SUPPORTING MEMBER OF THE BUILDING'S STEEL SKELETON. HE WAS TRYING TO COLLAPSE THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE WITHOUT REMOVING A HORIZONAL STEEL FLOOR. WHEN HE FINISHED CUTTING THE H-BEAM A VERTICAL STEEL PIPE, 27 FEET LONG AND 8 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER, JUMPED OFF ITS STUMP AND SWUNG FREE. THE FREE END STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1, WHO WAS WORKING NEARBY, IN THE HEAD, KILLING HIM. THE PIPE, WHICH HAD BEEN ATTACHED TO THE H-BEAM BY AN "L", OR "KNEE" BRACE, HAD RUSTED AWAY FROM THE SUPPORT.
Keywords: head, demolition, dismantling, work rules, pipe, falling object, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100345537 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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