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Accident: 14502108 - Employee Killed By Falling Suspended Load When Sling Breaks

Accident: 14502108 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 03/28/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1778400003/28/19913443Rudco Products Inc.
Employee #1 was to remove a telescoping cylinder from a Load Boss trailer (the type of trailer used for hauling/dumping dirt/landfill) for repair. The front of the trailer was raised approximately 6 ft off the chassis using a 3-ton overhead crane (Philadelphia Tramrail) with a pendant controlled hoist. The lifting sling, however, was a shop-made sling comprising a transport chain (3/8 in. links) with a hook attached at each end of the sling. While the front of the trailer was raised, a link broke, causing the trailer to collapse onto the chassis, then fall over onto Employee #1. He died. This accident occurred because: the sling was not rated, proof tested, or tagged; the defective sling was not inspected and removed from service; the employee was not working at a safe distance from the suspended load; and the stored energy of the suspended load was not blocked.
Keywords: repair, hoisting mechanism, work rules, equipment failure, crushed, overhead crane, struck by, sling, falling object, broken chain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17784000 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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