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Accident: 170044176 - Employee Killed When Crushed Between Granite Slabs And Wall

Accident: 170044176 -- Report ID: 1055320 -- Event Date: 11/22/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11527792311/22/19961741Michael E Homchick Dba Masonry Construction
At 7:44 a.m. on November 22, 1996, Employee #1 was removing a 2 by 4 wood crib that held 5 ft 7 in. by 10 ft sheets of granite upright on the 5 ft 7 in. edge. Employee #1 did not wait for a coworker to arrive with bar clamps to secure the sheets, but he used a reciprocating saw to cut through two of the vertical 2 by 4 members of the crib. Eleven of the 800 lb sheets fell toward Employee #1, pinning his chest against the wall of the trailer in which they were loaded. He died of asphyxia.
Keywords: chest, asphyxiated, unsecured, pinned, work rules, construction, crushed, off loading, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115277923 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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