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Accident: 200824076 - Employee Is Injured When Aerial Lift Malfunctions

Accident: 200824076 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 03/30/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31272467703/31/20091791K & K Iron Works, Inc.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on March 30, 2009, Employee #1 returned from a lunch break and was working from the basket of an aerial lift to weld gussets on a steel I-beam. The I-beam was intended to support the third floor deck of a building under construction. As Employee #1 maneuvered the aerial lift's controls to telescope towards the building to continue work on the I-beam, he let go of the control toggle switch to stop movement. However, a failure occurred and the basket kept telescoping towards the building, pinning Employee #1 between the basket and the I-beam. A coworker activated the emergency stop button several times, finally stopping movement on the fourth or fifth try. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was hospitalized and treated for multiple fractures on both arms.
Keywords: fracture, pinned, welder, construction, equipment failure, caught between, arm, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 6 72
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312724677 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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