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Accident: 200776094 - Employee Is Killed By Falling Sandbag On Roof Top

Accident: 200776094 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 11/13/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31509207211/15/20101761Victor Sosa Construction Inc.
Three employees of Victor Sosa Construction, Inc. were working to repair the roof on a structure in Salem, MA. That work included removing gravel by hand from the flat roof and placing it in sandbags. Those sandbags were then lowered by a rope and pulley mechanism to the ground below where they were emptied into a truck. Employees #2 and 3 were working on the roof, and Employee#1 was working on the ground. At some point, a sand bag full of roof gravel (weight was approximately 40-60 lbs), which was still attached to the rope and hook, fell downward without any resistance, striking Employee # 1 on the head. Employee # 1 was killed.
Keywords: head, hard hat, repair, roof, struck by, load line, falling object, hoistline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 3 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315092072 Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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