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Accident: 201924263 - Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Beam

Accident: 201924263 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 07/13/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31026460108/23/20071751Pena'S Contracting
On July 13, 2007, Employee #1 and a coworker were observing two other coworkers, one on either side of a 6 ft A-frame, multi-purpose ladder, who were installing a 400 lb, 7.5 in. by 12 in. by 22 ft long load-bearing beam on the top plate of a garage. One end of the beam was already situated on one side of the top plate. The coworkers were attempting to position the other end of the beam when they both lost their balance. Employee #1 tried to steady the falling beam and tilting ladder by catching the beam, but his foot became caught in some construction materials. He tripped and fell on the garage's concrete slab, with the beam falling on top of him and crushing his abdomen. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Keywords: abdomen, work rules, construction, crushed, tripped, manual mat handling, struck by, falling object, housekeeping, lost balance
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 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310264601 Fatality Other Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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