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Accident: 201925104 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed By Counterweight

Accident: 201925104 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 04/19/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31292205704/19/20101629Becon Construction Company
On April 19, 2010, at the Motiva site in Port Arthur, Texas a 90 ton Link-Belt extendable boom crane was being used as an assist crane to lift a 44,000 lbs counterweight tray to a DeMag 660 ton crane. An employee was trying to insert lug pins that connected the counterweight tray to the understructure of the DeMag. The preliminary findings reveal that one of the riggers was possibly on a ladder attempting to insert the first pin on the counterweight tray that was approximately 1 to 2 inches below the DeMag's structure when the assist crane's pinned section of the boom failed, dropping the 44,000 lb tray on the employee. The employee was killed.
Keywords: head, hoisting mechanism, counterbalance, pinned, crushed, struck by, concussion, falling object, crane
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312922057 Fatality Concussion Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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