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Accident: 170738819 - Employee Injured By Out-Of-Control Crane Boom

Accident: 170738819 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 03/23/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12026373604/01/19949199City Of Glendale
At about 10:00 a.m. on March 23, 1994, Employee #1, a crane operator for the City of Glendale, was rigging a street light base that was approximately 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft, and weighed about 4,000 lb, in order to move it out of a ground hole. The chain/sling that was wrapped around the load was too short and did not fit the load. The sling was lengthened by a makeshift link, which broke because it could not sustain the load during the lift. The crane boom swung and struck Employee #1. He was hospitalized with a fractured hand. The crane was at about a 45 degree angle, about 12 ft out to the line. The center of the light base was about 6 ft from where Employee #1 was standing and operating the controls. Employee #1 participated in the inspection.
Keywords: fracture, hoisting mechanism, crane boom, work rules, equipment failure, struck by, flying object, crane operator, broken chain, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120263736 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.

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