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Accident: 14475370 - One Employee Killed, Two Injured In Work Platform Collapse

Accident: 14475370 -- Report ID: 0625100 -- Event Date: 08/13/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
185107008/14/19841771Ceco Inc
Employees #1 through #3 were loading shoring from an elevator tower onto a 16 ft by 10 ft platform that was suspended 36 1/2 ft by a crane. Crossmembers for the platform consisted of 4 by 4s spaced 18 in. apart on the center, and 3/4 in. plywood sheets for flooring. Guardrails were 2 by 4s with 4 in. square posts secured with metal brackets on either side. The ends of the platform were not guarded. The platform was attached to the crane hook by four 20 ft long, 5/8 in. choker cables with the loops secured by soldered wedges. The cables were run through loops around stringers near the ends and through the crane hook. Too many metal rails were loaded onto the platform and a stringer on one side pulled loose from the crossmembers. The platform dropped sideways and Employees #1 through #3 fell to the ground with the materials. Employee #1 was killed, and Employees #2 and #3 injured.
Keywords: loading, guardrail, collapse, work rules, overloaded, construction, fall, fall protection, work platform
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1851070 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 1851070 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
3 1851070 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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