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Accident: 201162062 - Two Employees Injured In Fall When I-Beam Drops

Accident: 201162062 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 07/07/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12609781507/31/20001791The Herrick Corp
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on July 7, 2000, Employees #1 and #2, ironworkers for a steel erection subcontractor, were assigned by their foreman to take down a 2 ton, 20 ft long I-beam. They had put up this beam the day before and bolted it to the shear lugs, which were metal parts welded to the column. They found, however, that one end of the beam was now held by a strap and tightening ratchet, commonly known as a come-along. Employee #1 went to one end of the beam to remove the bolts, while Employee #2 went to the other end to release the come-along. Employee #1 later stated that this was not considered unsafe at the time because the two bolts holding the beam to the shear lugs on both ends were still in place. But, as the come-along was released, the shear lugs ripped from the column and the beam dropped from under the two employees, who fell 16 ft to the floor. Employee #1 sustained injuries to his right foot, for which he underwent surgery on July 19, 2000, and was hospitalized for two days. Employee #2 suffered contusions to his right thigh, shin, and foot. Apparently, on the night prior to the accident, a welding crew was working on overtime and assigned to relocate this beam to a different elevation. The welding foreman and a welder started this work by installing the come-along as a support and partially cutting the beam's shear lugs. The foreman later stated that he saw the come-along, but did not inspect the shear lugs before assigning the task to Employees #1 and #2. He did not know that the lugs had been cut.
Keywords: dismantling, unsecured, iron worker, work rules, broken weld, construction, fall, communication, contusion, foot
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 5
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126097815 Hospitalized injury Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:16
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)
2 126097815 Hospitalized injury Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
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