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Accident: 200555910 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Crane

Accident: 200555910 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 11/17/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31302778111/17/20091799Moreau'S Material Yard
On November 17, 2009, employees with Moreau's Material Yard were driving pilings for an oil rig foundation in which a 4,000 lb hammer, attached to the top of the lead, was used to drive 70 to 75 ft poles into the ground. Employee #1 was working on a crawler crane platform approximately 20 to 25 ft above the ground. He was wearing a harness with a lanyard connected to a ladder rung. When the crane tipped over, Employee #1 attempted to jump from the platform to the ground below. He was struck by the crane and killed. The crane operator sustained minor injuries. Other employees indicated that the employer had never lifted poles of that size and the crane boom may have been used at an improper angle for the load being carried.
Keywords: pile leads, pile driver, overloaded, suspended load, lanyard, fall protection, crane, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313027781 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Pile driving
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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