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Accident: 18515.015 - Employee Is Killed In Fall Through Opening To The Highway Be

Accident: 18515.015 -- Report ID: 0625500 -- Event Date: 06/04/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
456114.01506/04/2012Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 4, 2012, an employee was carrying a sheet of permanent metal decking that was to be installed over a hole on a highway that w as under construction. The employee and a coworker were installing permanent met al decking over a drainage opening on an elevated section of highway. The recta ngular drainage opening measured approximately 8-ft. in length by 6-ft. across. Two sections of permanent metal decking had already been installed with each se ction measuring approximately 31-in by 81-in, with two sections installed only a n opening of approximately 31-in by 81-in remained. As the workers approached t he opening, they positioned themselves on opposite sides of the opening with the permanent metal decking held between them. The coworker crouched down to tie o ff to a loop of rebar that had been placed into the concrete. After he tied off , he held the metal decking with both hands, and suddenly felt it pull away from him. As he looked up, he saw the Employee #1 fall through the opening that was to be covered. The Employee #1 fell approximately 50-ft. and was killed.
Keywords: fall, floor hole, unguarded fl opening
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition   50 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 456114.015 36 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage

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