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Accident: 201351798 - Employee Is Killed In Fall After Being Struck By Brace

Accident: 201351798 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 07/24/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30398978407/24/20021771R. Hyden Construction, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30398976807/24/20021542Turner/Ppi Construction, A Joint Venture
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30398970107/24/20021791Summit Erectors, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30398977607/24/20021711W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor Of Gainesville, Inc
On July 24, 2002, two crews were placing 37,500-pound precast concrete columns at an upper level during a stadium renovation project. One crew was the rigging crew, which worked from the ground to prepare the columns to be hoisted by a crane. Each column had two braces bolted to it by the rigging crew on the ground. Each brace was 42-ft-long, and weighed about 380 pounds. Once a column was placed, the two braces would help keep the column in its position. To anchor the braces to a column, the rigging crew used bolts that were not recommended to be used by the manufacturer of the braces. They also failed to follow the installation recommendations of the bolt manufacturer. The other crew was the raising crew, which placed the column into position at the upper level. Employee #1 was the foreman of this crew. In order to maneuver the column into place, the wire-rope on the perimeter guard was loosened, and was no longer an effective perimeter guard for the upper landing area. Employee #1 and some other employees in the landing area were not wearing personal fall protection equipment. When the column was being positioned, one of the braces came loose, fell from the column, and struck Employee #1's head. He then fell from the edge of the landing area, struck a beam while falling, landed on a concrete slab approximately 60 ft below the landing area, and was killed.
Keywords: column, precast, bolt, rigging, guardrail, brace, fall, fall protection, struck by, construction
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 80 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303989784 Occupation not reported FallDist:
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2 303989768 Occupation not reported FallDist:
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3 303989701 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:80
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)
4 303989776 Occupation not reported FallDist:
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