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Accident: 170842561 - One Employee Killed, Another Injured When Struck By Column

Accident: 170842561 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 02/19/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11962571302/19/20031791Pacific Coast Steel, Inc.
On February 19, 2003, Employee #1, a foreman, and Employee #2, were positioned at the 108-ft level of the 123-ft tall bridge support column under construction in order to re-position one of the guy cables installed by the employer to stabilize the column. The column was installed using 57-mm vertical bars hooked with 1-in. rings with concrete-poured to approximately the 60-ft level. When Employee #1 removed the wire rope guy at the top of the structure and began pulling on the rope still attached to its anchor, the column began to sway, went out of plumb, and collapsed in a matter of seconds. It bent in half where the vertical bars were imbedded in the concrete poor portion of the column. Employee #2 was killed upon impact with ground and moving 1-in. rebar rings. Employee #1 was able to escape serious injury by repositioning himself on the structure as it collapsed. He sustained bruises, contusions, and abrasions.
Keywords: rebar, wire rope, collapse, column, construction, abrasion, struck by, bridge, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 60 123 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119625713 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, n.e.c.
2 119625713 Fatality Fracture Structural metal workers

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