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Accident: 14477715 - Employee Killed When Crushed By Counterweight

Accident: 14477715 -- Report ID: 0111100 -- Event Date: 02/21/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
94273002/22/19851542Monitor Construction Company
Employee #1 was belted to the tower of a personnel hoist. To erect the hoist, he and a coworker had been installing pins and tapering tower bolts. The coworker entered the hoist car while Employee #1 stayed on the tower, directly beneath the counterweight. As the coworker moved the car up, the counterweight moved down, striking Employee #1 on the head. He fell backward and was left hanging from his lanyard. As the 7,000 lb counterweight continued down, Employee #1's legs acted as a wedge and it swung out from its track. When the counterweight swung back in, Employee #1 was crushed between it and the tower. He died approximately 6 1/2 hours later.
Keywords: head, installing, counterbalance, work rules, construction, hoist, crushed, struck by, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 942730 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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