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Accident: 170765184 - Employee Is Killed When He Falls From Elevation Into Bay

Accident: 170765184 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 07/30/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11963168707/30/20041622Tutor Saliba Koch Tidewater Jv
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on July 30, 2004. an employee was vacuuming a platform measuring 30 feet by 30 feet located at the base of Pier 30 on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The bridge was being seismically retrofitted. A nearby employee was lowering a 1,800 pound "jacking frame" from a height of 80 feet using an Ingersoll-Rand winch Model HU, Serial No. 188. The winch manufacturer required the unit to be "in gear" for this operation. However, the employee used the brake only. The load did not stop and crashed through the platform floor, creating a hole approximately 10 feet by 5 feet. The employee on the platform, fell into the hole, and struck his head on the structural steel as he fell into the bay. The employee was killed.
Keywords: platform, bridge column, head, work rules, struck against, construction, fall, fall protection, mech mat handling, concussion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 200 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119631687 Fatality Concussion Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Placing bridge girders and beams
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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