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Accident: 200461473 - Employee Killed By Falling Girder

Accident: 200461473 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 03/05/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30554775403/05/20031791Boston Steel & Precast Erectors Incorporated
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30554774703/05/20031542Walsh Brothers, Incorporated
An employee was using a chain fall to level an outrigger-type truss girder on which he was standing. There was a series of truss girders on the working level and a series of truss girders the same size, each about 10 feet long, on the upper level. They were bolted to the columns. The employee anchored a two-ton chain fall to an upper girder in order to pull up and level the lower girder. All of the truss girders were bolted, but not welded. Several of the adjacent upper girders failed at the shear plane. The one to which the chain fall was anchored failed at the shear plane and fell directly on top of the employee killing him.
Keywords: construction, struck by, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 10 150 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305547754 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile
2 305547747 Occupation not reported FallDist:

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