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Accident: 14516611 - Employee Crushed And Killed By Falling Gypsum

Accident: 14516611 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 06/26/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10174504007/01/19877363Gale Porter Incorporated
Employee #1 was inside a settling tank using a Chicago pneumatic chipping hammer to remove a buildup of gypsum (calcium sulfate) from the tank wall. One section of the accumulated gypsum was not attached to the tank wall. As Employee #1 chipped away at this freestanding gypsum, a piece broke off and struck him on the shoulder. This pushed him to his left and in front of a larger piece of falling gypsum. The approximately 12 foot long by 10 foot high by 14 inch thick piece weighed about 114 pounds per cubic foot. Employee #1 was knocked to the floor and died as a result of crushing head and chest injuries.
Keywords: chest, portable power tool, head, work rules, cleaning, crushed, struck by, falling object, tank, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101745040 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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