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Accident: 200902005 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Steel Pin

Accident: 200902005 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 06/06/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30741496106/07/20071629Tic - The Industrial Company
The company was building a new pier extension for commercial vessels at a marine terminal. A crew of approximately five employees were working from a barge over navigable water attempting to set a "mooring spud" (60-ft long by 3-ft diameter, vertical steel cylindrical column) that holds the barge in place while afloat. The employees were lowering the mooring spud through the spud collar on the deck of the barge, into to the water below with the use of a crawler crane. Employee #1 was manually removing an approximately 4-ft long by 3-in. diameter steel "spud pin" that weighed approximately 85 pounds. Spud pins hold the mooring spuds stationary at desired heights. The crane operator was given the signal to lower the load. Apparently at least the tip of the spud pin was not completely clear of the mooring spud and spud collar when the load was lowered, which resulted in the mooring spud contacting the obstruction (the spud pin in this case) that Employee #1 was holding. Subsequently, the spud pin catapulted in an upwards motion and struck Employee #1 under the jaw. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: barge, pier, construction, mech mat handling, struck by, flying object, face, puncture
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 60 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307414961 Fatality Puncture Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Forming for piers or pylons
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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