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Accident: 200356970 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Water Tank Being Demolished

Accident: 200356970 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 05/07/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31193424405/08/20081795D. H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc.
On May 7, 2008, Employees #1 and three coworkers were tasked to dismantle an outdated water tank with handheld demolition equipment such as a cutting torch. During demolition, the employees worked on the second level and the supervisor in charge worked on the lower level removing debris. Employees #1 and three coworkers had approximately 75 percent of the tank cut apart prior to lunch. After lunch Employee #1 was told by the other employees not to cut anymore of the tank until a chain hoist was made available. Employee #1 disregarded the other employees and cut the approximate 700 pound section of steel, which fell on him, causing fatal fractures.
Keywords: fracture, demolition, hoist, torch, struck by, water tank, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Demolition $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311934244 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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