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Accident: 200713980 - Employer Is Killed While Erecting Billboard

Accident: 200713980 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 09/10/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31427521509/10/20101791Ralph Surles Company
At approximately 9:28 a.m. on September 10, 2010, Employee #1, the owner of Ralph Surles Company, was erecting a steel double billboard. The two signs were on the ground in an upright position. Each sign measured 13 ft tall, 30 ft long, and 1 ft 10 in. to 2 ft 2 in. deep. One sign had a catwalk on which Employee #1 and his employee were working. The sign with the catwalk toppled onto the adjacent sign, pinning both workers. A third worker, who did not witness the accident, summoned emergency responders to extricate both workers. Employee #1 was killed. The other employee was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth for unspecified injuries. Windy weather conditions and the weight of the two workers may have contributed to the incident.
Keywords: high wind, installing, collapse, unsecured, pinned, overloaded, crushed, advertising sign, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314275215 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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