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Accident: 14478218 - 3 Employees Struck By Falling Metal Conveyor Plate

Accident: 14478218 -- Report ID: 0111100 -- Event Date: 04/28/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10145018704/28/19871761Sheridan Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10145015304/28/19871541General Electric, Turbine Projects Dept.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10145016104/28/19871541Qualified Personnel, Inc.
A GROUP OF MILLWRIGHTS AND THEIR HELPERS WERE CONSTRUCTING A CONVEYOR FRAMEWORK. A CONVEYOR APRON, ROUGHLY 3 FEET BY 12 FEET, WEIGHING OVER 1000 POUNDS, WAS EMPLACED THROUGH THE USE OF A CRANE AND CHOKERS ATTACHED TO THE STRUCTURAL STEEL OF THE CONVEYOR. BEFORE THE CONVEYOR APRON WAS BOLTED IN PLACE, THE CHOKER WAS REMOVED FROM THE APRON BY A MILLWRIGHT, WHO THEN BEGAN RIGGING ANOTHER APRON. A WILLWRIGHT HELPER IN THE CONVEYOR PIT (UNDER THE APRON) BEGAN WORK ASSUMING THAT THE APRON WAS SUPPORTED BY THE CONVEYOR STRUCTURE AND CRANE. A SECOND HELPER OBSERVED THE CHOKER BEING REMOVED FROM THE APRON, BUT ASSUMED IT WAS BOLTED IN PLACE AND BEGAN GRINDING AND KNOCKING THE PADEYES OFF. THE APRON SUDDENLY SLIPPED OFF ITS SUPPORT AND FELL 9 FEET INTO THE PIT. THE HELPER ON THE APRON RECEIVED A LEG FRACTURE. THE HELPER IN THE CONVEYOR PIT ALSO RECEIVED A LEG FRACTURE. THE MILLWRIGHT WHO WAS WORKING IN THE PIT RECEIVED A BACK INJURY. POOR COMMUNICATION AND A LACK OF TRAINING CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT.
Keywords: unsecured, work rules, untrained, leg, fracture, construction, back, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101450187 Occupation Not Listed
2 101450153 Occupation Not Listed
3 101450161 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
4 101450161 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
5 101450161 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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