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Accident: 14488936 - Employee Killed When Crushed Between Fire Escape And Beam

Accident: 14488936 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 01/15/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1788157401/15/19881795Artwin Construction, Corp.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on January 15, 1988, Employee #1 was assigned the task of removing a fire escape from a two-story, 75 ft by 75 ft building that was being demolished. The metal counterbalanced stairway was at the rear of the building and led from the second floor to the ground. Employee #1 positioned himself on the upper half of the stairway and proceeded to cut it in half with a 36 in. torch fueled by oxygen and propane. When the cut was complete, the stairway became unbalanced and top portion rose with Employee #1 on its steps. He became trapped between the stairway and an upper steel beam that supported the fire escape. Employee #1 sustained multiple fractures and lacerations, and was killed.
Keywords: fracture, steel beam, demolition, counterbalance, pinned, work rules, fire escape, construction, laceration
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17881574 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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