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Accident: 200050326 - Employee Killed When Grain Distributor Overturns

Accident: 200050326 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 01/09/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30005143001/10/19981771Starostka Construction Inc.
On or about January 9, 1998, Employee #1, of Starostka Construction, Inc., was working atop a grain distributor/diffuser. The unit was set on the ground and supported by temporary legs that had been tack-welded on it and by a truck crane that was rigged to the top of it. Employee #1 was trying to close the inspection panels when the employer had the crane unhooked because he thought the rigging was in the way. Employee #1 then used a 10 ft stepladder to climb onto the distributor. He was again trying to close the panels when the unit toppled and fell at a 90 degree angle, crushing Employee #1 against an adjacent building. He died of massive internal injuries and a fractured neck.
Keywords: fracture, truck crane, work rules, construction, caught between, crushed, fall, neck, overturn, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 14 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300051430 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:14
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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