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Accident: 170390934 - Employee Dies After Being Struck When Pipe Falls From Hitch

Accident: 170390934 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 09/12/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30972363309/13/20061611T.Y. Lin International
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on September 12, 2006, Employee #1 was working for a highway construction firm. He was standing next to a Manitowoc lattice boom crane that was hoisting a 65-foot long, 15-inch diameter pipe piling to a 120-foot high lead. The pipe piling was being hoisted by means of a single 12-foot long by 2-inch wide synthetic web sling, which was arranged in a choker-type hitch. The pipe piling struck the lead, and the pipe was jarred loose. It fell, striking Employee #1, who was standing 36 feet, 8 inches away from the lead, in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died from the bruises, contusions, and abrasions he sustained when he was struck.
Keywords: chest, highway, piling, construction, struck by, sling, falling object, contusion, crane, unstable load
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309723633 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Engineering technicians, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Pile driving
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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