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Accident: 170054183 - Employee Killed When Struck By Headache Ball

Accident: 170054183 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 01/02/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1847068201/02/19921622Blythe Industries, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1847064101/02/19921791Locklear Brothers Steel Erectors, Inc.
Employee #1, an iron worker, was assisting in the landing of a load of rebar that was being lowered by a hydraulic crane, using the crane's #1 line. The #2 line, which was inactive, held a 200 lb headache ball above the employee. The crane operator inadvertently caused the #2 line to two-block, snapping the #2 cable and allowing the headache ball to fall, striking Employee #1 on the head. He died as a result of massive head trauma. The crane was equipped with an anti-two-block device on both the #1 and #2 lines, but parts had been removed for repair, making the safety device ineffective.
Keywords: head, iron worker, work rules, two-blocking, hydraulic crane, inadequate maint, construction, struck by, falling object, headache ball
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18470682 Occupation Not Listed
2 18470641 Fatality Other Structural metal workers

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