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Accident: 200960698 - Employee Injured When Struck By Falling Truss

Accident: 200960698 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 12/30/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11958356512/31/19961751John Gernert
On December 30, 1996, Employee #1 and coworkers were setting roof trusses on a 6,000 sq ft single-family home. Several 34 ft long roof trusses had already been set when a 34 ft long by 7 ft 11 1/2 in. tall truss was placed 8 ft away from the last one. The truss was secured from the top chord to the second floor decking with two 16 ft long 2 by 4 braces, and four mono trusses were secured to the bottom chord of the truss sitting on an adjacent wall. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes after the truss was braced and the crane was unhooked, the truss collapsed and struck Employee #1. He sustained injuries, but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: truss, installing, roof, collapse, unsecured, work rules, construction, fall, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119583565 Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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