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Accident: 200212215 - Employee Killed In Fall When Catwalk Collapses

Accident: 200212215 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 08/06/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31124300008/07/20071795Valbar,Inc.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on August 6, 2007, Employee #1, a boilermaker, was cutting a catwalk grating that was sitting on 31 ft high channels. Earlier that morning, one end of this grating and channel had been cut and removed. Employee #1 was standing on this section while cutting the next section. When he finished cutting the grating completely through, the channel and grating gave way. They fell, along with Employee #1, to the next level of the catwalk. He landed on some debris, fell to one side, and then struck the top guardrail. Employee #1 was killed. When the channel was later lowered for inspection, it was found that the previous welding was porous, rusted, and lacked penetration. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was wearing a harness and lanyard but he was not tied off.
Keywords: collapse, work rules, broken weld, construction, equipment failure, catwalk, fall, fall protection, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Demolition $250,000 to $500,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311243000 Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:40
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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