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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200331874 - Employee Is Killed When Grain Elevator Falls Onto Track Hoe

Accident: 200331874 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 03/06/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31080717703/06/20071795Scherbenske & Son, Inc.
At approximately 11:18 a.m. on March 6, 2007, Employee #1 and a coworker were tearing down an 80-foot high wooden grain elevator. The coworker, a foreman, began demolition on the south side of the elevator by using a track hoe. He was tearing out the lower portion of the elevator as high as the piece of equipment could reach and into the structure approximately one-third the depth of the elevator. After tearing down what he could with the track hoe, he climbed into a crane equipped with a wrecking ball and began to demolish the upper portion of the south wall of the elevator. At that time, Employee #1 climbed into the track hoe and began to tear out the lower portion of the elevator as high as the piece of equipment could reach on the north side of the elevator. Employee #1 had cut into the elevator approximately one-third of the depth, while the coworker was working on the south side with the crane and wrecking ball. The elevator fell onto the track hoe, and Employee #1 was crushed and killed.
Keywords: demolition, equipment operator, crushed, struck by, grain elevator, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition Under $50,000 8 80 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310807177 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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