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Accident: 200260271 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Counterweight

Accident: 200260271 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 12/16/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11648678812/18/19971711Fwm Mechanical, Inc.
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on December 16, 1997, Employee #1 was torch cutting the 1/4 in. thick left channel leg of a steel I-beam. He was straddled over the crossmember of a conveyor counterbalance support system, under the counterweight. He was finishing his cut when the counterweight unit parted, and the 2,300 lb counterbalance fell from a height of 7 ft, landing on Employee #1's head, torso, and right leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: head, counterbalance, work rules, construction, torso, equipment failure, crushed, struck by, falling object, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Other $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 116486788 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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