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Accident: 201353695 - Employee Is Killed When Sling Fails And Container Falls

Accident: 201353695 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 09/26/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31181796909/26/20087359S & W Trailer Rentals, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31181795109/26/20087359Dale Starr Services, Inc.
On September 26, 2008, Employee #1 was loading a 10,250 pound cargo container onto a delivery trailer. The trailer was equipped with a winch and 0.5 in. diameter winch chain. He attached the container to the winch chain by using a combination of a 0.5 in. diameter chain sling with fasteners, and a 0.375 in. inch diameter chain sling with fasteners. The chain slings were attached to the bottom front side of the container. The winch chain and the two chain slings were worn, had cracked welds, and bent pieces. They had not been inspected before use. The container was pulled and lifted or hoisted by the trailer winch. The front of the container was against the back of the delivery trailer and suspended approximately 35 in. off the ground. The back of the container was on the ground. Employee #1 crawled under the suspended container to place concrete blocks and 2-in. by 4-in. lumber to support it. The winch chain failed or broke, and the container fell onto Employee #1, killing him.
Keywords: chain, equipment failure, caught between, crushed, struck by, containerized cargo, sling, falling object, winch
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311817969 Occupation not reported
2 311817951 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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