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Accident: 200000347 - Employee Killed When Struck By Steel Column

Accident: 200000347 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 09/26/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30000572510/01/19971542Kc Steel Erection
Employee #1, one of five structural steel workers at a construction site, was at the east end of a 24 ft steel I-beam, attempting to connect it to a 21 ft high steel column. He was on a ladder, and his head was approximately 10 ft above the cement slab on which the ladder was placed. The column became displaced from the foundation bolts during the connecting process and struck Employee #1 on the upper right rear side of the head. He was knocked from the ladder and landed, face-first, on the cement slab. The medical examiner determined that Employee #1 died from being struck by the column, bit by the subsequent fall.
Keywords: head, unsecured, ladder, construction, steel column, steel erection, fall, struck by, steel connecting
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 1 30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300005725 Fatality Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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