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Accident: 170831408 - Employee Injured In Fall Into Cyclone Shaft

Accident: 170831408 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 03/30/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30268706603/31/19991623Abb C-E Services Inc
Employee #1 was part of a twelve-man crew of boiler makers at a power plant under construction. They were installing expansion joints in an outlet duct from the main boiler to the cyclone shaft. Employee #1 entered the duct through a 2 ft wide access door and fell 85 ft into the shaft. He suffered multiple fractures and was taken by ambulance to Allegheny County Hospital; after his condition stabilized, he was transferred to the Baltimore Shock Trauma Unit. The guardrails at the shaft had been removed to install insulation and had not been replaced.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, installing, work rules, boiler, construction, shaft, fall, fall protection
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerplant New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 10 100
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302687066 Hospitalized injury Fracture Boilermakers FallDist:
FallHt:90
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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