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Accident: 201083136 - Employee Killed In Fall From Pipe Support Bridge

Accident: 201083136 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 12/20/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12572459112/21/20011711Champion Industrial Contractors Inc
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on December 20, 2001, Employee #1 was assisting with the welding of pipe sections on a pipe support bridge 33 ft above ground level. A 1,600-lb section of pipe had been set in place (but not secured) the previous day. Employee # 1 and a coworker were to perform their usual task of first welding the unsecured pipe to the end of a secured one already in place. This first step stabilizes and secures the pipe for alignment and attachment of support clips around the pipe's three shoes that were to be welded to the pipe bridge support beams. However, they discovered that the pipe's protective ring had not been removed prior to setting the pipe in place, as should be routine. Since there wasn't sufficient clearance between the ends of the two pipes, they had to move the unsecured pipe back a couple of inches in order to remove the ring. Although they did not secure the pipe prior to moving it, they successfully removed the ring without incident. However, during their attempt to move the unsupported pipe back into its original position, it fell off its support shoes and began to slide off the beam. Employee #1 fell with the pipe section because his personal fall restraint equipment was attached to it. Employee #1 sustained multiple blunt traumas to the body, including closed head injury, and died. The accident was caused by failure to properly secure the pipe before attempting to move it, and failure to tie-off personal fall restraint equipment to a secured anchorage point.
Keywords: anchor, beam, head, unsecured, welder, fall, fall protection, pipe, bridge, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2 33 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125724591 Fatality Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:33
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Welding/Burning/Grindi
FatCause: Fall from/with platform catwalk (attached to struc

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