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Accident: 200012524 - Employee Is Killed When Decking Collapses

Accident: 200012524 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 12/18/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31065240912/18/20061795Environmental Operations, Inc.
At approximately 6:40 p.m. on December 18th, 2006, a worker was cutting through a steel beam with a cutting torch. The beam was supporting a corrugated metal decking over a floor hole approximately 5 ft wide by 11 ft long. The coworker completed the cut and remained on the floor hole decking when Employee #1 stepped onto this flooring to verify that the cut had been made. The floor hole decking gave way and caused Employee #1 to fall approximately 47 ft to his death. The coworker was able to jump back onto solid flooring and did not sustain any injuries.
Keywords: decking, steel beam, collapse, struck against, construction, torch, fall, fall protection, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 16 250 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310652409 Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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