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Accident: 200540383 - Employee Killed In Fall From Steel Truss

Accident: 200540383 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 06/23/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30038687706/23/19991791Alpha Steel Erectors, Inc.
Employee #1 and a coworker were setting steel roof trusses and connecting the bridging while another coworker was in an aerial lift. When Employee #1 and his coworker finished their work, they climbed on top of the truss and began to walk along the truss flange. The aerial lift was being lowered when it struck the truss and caused it to vibrate. Both men lost their balance and fell, grabbing onto the truss. Employee #1 lost his grip and fell approximately 38 ft; he was killed. The coworker was able to hold on until he was rescued.
Keywords: clearance, iron worker, work rules, struck against, vibrations, fall, fall protection, walking on beam, aerial lift, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 38 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300386877 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:45
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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